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NO. R-116. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE VERMONT UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK PROGRAM AND THE VERMONT PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION ON THEIR RECEIPT OF AN EPA ENVIRONMENTAL MERIT AWARD.

(J.R.H. 93)

Offered by: Representative Quaid of Williston.

Whereas, the flow of gasoline and other fuels into the ground from leaking petroleum underground storage tanks can pose a severe environmental threat to the underground water supply, and

Whereas, to combat and alleviate these hazards, strict state and federal criteria have been adopted for the removal of outdated tanks and for their replacement with new tanks that meet very stringent health and safety standards, and

Whereas, the Vermont Underground Storage Tank Program, with the collaboration of the Petroleum Cleanup Fund Advisory Committee, the private Vermont Petroleum Association and the private sector have worked cooperatively in arranging for the removal and replacement of underground petroleum storage tanks, and

Whereas, due to the diligent work of these public and private sector organizations, all commercial underground petroleum storage tank systems were in compliance with all state and federal standards as of December 22, 1998, and

Whereas, in recognition of this very successful environmental partnership between private industry and a state regulatory authority, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has presented to the Underground Storage Tank Program and the Vermont Petroleum Association an Environmental Merit Award that will be presented to the recipients at Earth Day ceremonies at Fanueil Hall in Boston on April 22, 1999, and

Whereas, due to this special cooperative effort, Vermont is a national leader in complying with the federal underground storage tank requirements, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the staff of the Underground Storage Tank Program, the Petroleum Cleanup Fund Advisory Committee and the Vermont Petroleum Association for their outstanding collaboration in bringing Vermont's underground storage tanks into compliance with state and federal health and safety standards, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the staff of the Underground Storage Tank Program, to the Petroleum Cleanup Fund Advisory Committee and to the Vermont Petroleum Association.