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Navajo Nation of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Navajo EPA have cited six gasoline stations on the nation for violation of federal underground storage tank regulations. Two Mustang facilities, two Speedy's facilities, the Black Mesa Texaco, the Kayenta Unified School District, and Arnold's Conoco were cited fines ranging from $50 to $450 for not having proper leak detection methods or not having proper records on site.

"Leak prevention is critical for underground fuel storage tanks since a hole the size of a pin can release 400 gallons of fuel in a year's time, enough to foul millions of gallons of fresh water," said Bobby Ojah, EPA underground storage tank inspector. Workshops are planned to inform tank owners and operators of compliance requirements. Penalties of up to $11,000 a day can be imposed per violation in addition to cleanup costs for leaking tanks, officials said.