State Puts New Fuel Tank Rules into Effect

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Water and gasoline do not mix and the state of New Mexico wants to keep it that way. The state has put into effect new rules governing the storage of petroleum fuel in hopes of preventing leaks that can contaminate ground water.

The regulations include steps aimed at ensuring fuel is not delivered to leaking gas station tanks.

The Daily Times reports staffers at the New Mexico Environment Department will work with owners and operators to correct serious violations as soon as possible.

Failure to fix a leaky tank and the state will red tag tanks with violations, post a notice at the facility that it may not receive any delivery or deposit of fuel and list the facility on a delivery prohibition list on an environment department website.

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