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Michigan: EGLE reach $35m environmental settlement with Premcor

Christian Fernsby |
Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) entered into a $35 million settlement with The Premcor Refining Group Inc. resolving disputed claims for environmental cleanup of 79 sites in the state where leaks from underground storage tanks were discovered.

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Under the agreement, Premcor will pay $35,246,892.14 to the State. Most of this money is earmarked specifically to clean up the 79 sites identified within the agreement where leaking underground storage tanks released petroleum products into the ground.

About $1.25 million of that payment will go to reimburse EGLE for remedial work it already completed at four sites and to support EGLE’s mission to protect Michigan’s environment and public health by managing air, water, land, and energy resources.

Premcor previously owned the 79 sites prior to transferring them to a company that subsequently went insolvent. Premcor has now agreed to provide these funds to close out the environmental cleanup at the sites.

EGLE will receive payments from Premcor over the next year and will use the money to benefit and protect the public health and environment for the people of Michigan and those who visit the state.

The agreement, with respect to clean up activities, addresses the release of regulated substances from underground storage tank systems that occurred either prior to or during Premcor’s period of operation in many Lower Peninsula counties.

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