Owning and operating a gas station can be a lucrative way to earn a living. Many residents in San Diego and other California areas use their motor vehicles quite a bit, which means that gasoline is likely to remain in demand for quite some time.
While these businesses are typically easy to operate, there are several environmental matters gas station owners must address. Failure to address any environmental laws associated with operating a gas station could put your business at risk. It is wise to learn about these issues to keep you, your workers and those living and working in the area safe from pollutants.
The following section contains several examples of these pollutants:
- Cancer-related chemicals such as benzene which are present in gasoline
- Possible groundwater contaminates from leaky underground fuel tanks
- Vapors containing volatile organic compounds associated with poor health and pollution of the ozone
- Particulate matter and carbon dioxide emitted from running automobiles
- The possible presence of solvents, anti-freeze, lead products and asbestos
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers many online resources to help you comply with the environmental laws governing the correct and safe operation of gas stations.
If you have already received a notice of violation or there is an investigative inquiry, you can still protect your business. These notices may come from one or more agencies, including:
- The United States EPA
- The California Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA)
- Local environmental control boards
- The California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Consider taking your story to an attorney experienced in handling environmental law issues. Doing so can offer you access to a skilled negotiator who can advocate on your behalf. With a speedy, cooperative approach, you can return to your everyday routine confidant that your business will continue to thrive.