We have written in prior issues about the dangers to people and property caused by harmful, toxic contaminants leaking from underground storage tanks (USTs). Unfortunately for the people of Alabama, leaks of toxic substances from USTs continue to occur with alarming frequency.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency there are more than 18,000 USTs in active use in Alabama. Leaks from these USTs have been reported in every county in Alabama. According to data released by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) in 2006, 147 new UST leaks were reported. In 2007, 101 new leaks were reported, and 81 were reported in 2008. Already in 2009, at least 82 new leaks have been reported to ADEM. Currently, ADEM has more than 1,000 active UST leak sites under investigation throughout the state.
USTs are used by gas stations and oil distributors to store gasoline, oil and other toxic petroleum products. Many of the USTs in use today were installed decades ago and were constructed of materials that are susceptible to corrosion. If they are not properly maintained, monitored and replaced periodically, these USTs can develop leaks which allow toxic petroleum contaminants to migrate through the soil and groundwater to neighboring properties. Some of these contaminants have been found to cause cancer, respiratory illness, kidney and liver disease, as well as other serious illnesses.
We are fighting to protect the rights of clients whose health and property have been damaged by contamination from a leaking UST. If you would like more information, believe that your health or property may have been harmed by a leaking UST, or have questions, you can contact Alyce Robertson Addison or Chris Boutwell in our office at 800-898-2034 or by email at Alyce.Addison@beasleyallen.com or Chris.Boutwell@beasleyallen.com.
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