The Environmental Protection Agency wants to fine Goodman Oil more than $700,000 for penalties related to 35 underground storage tank violations. Federal officials said the violations make way for potential ground water poisoning. Environmental Protection Agency attorney Deborah Hilsman said officials suspect three facilities have leaks - the Collister Exxon in Boise, the Nampa Exxon and the Weiser Exxon - but have yet to prove the allegations. Nine Goodman Oil stations operate in Idaho - in Boise, Lewiston, Homedale, Weiser and Nampa. The mid-size petroleum marketer last year was part of a debate surrounding the question of whether Idaho could collect fuel tax from the company's Lewiston location. That plant picks up gasoline from the Exxon Terminal in Spokane, Wash., and delivers it to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's Benewah Auto Center for resale. Fourth District Judge Daniel Eismann determined Idaho cannot collect the fuel tax on that transaction. The $736,061 fine is the largest ever sought for underground storage tank violations in the Northwest, said Hilsman. Agency officials said inspectors visited Goodman Oil a number of times and issued both verbal warnings and field citations prior to levying the proposed penalty.
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