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“Handling Pollution, Case by Case: OCC Official Outlines Method for Gasoline Cleanup”

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
January 4, 2013

An interesting look at how leaky underground gasoline storage tanks are found, monitored and regulated in Oklahoma.

The OCC uses a method called risk-based corrective action to determine how bad each case of leaking underground gasoline storage tanks is, and the best way to clean up the pollution. The trick is to determine if anyone nearby is at risk from the contamination, and then reduce that pollution to a safe level. In some cases, his division won’t activate a case. If the underground plume is stable and there is no risk to people working in nearby buildings of inhaling vapors, or there aren’t any nearby water wells, then the pollution can often be left alone.

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