EPA Tank Official to Visit Iowa

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The EPA's director of underground storage tanks is coming to Iowa for the first time.

Carolyn Hoskinson will speak Tuesday at the Environmental Professionals of Iowa Fall Symposium. She will talk about the past 25 years of underground storage tank system regulation.

Environmental and health issues caused by leaks from underground tanks storing petroleum and hazardous chemicals into groundwater prompted Congress to order the creation of the Office of Underground Storage Tanks in 1985.

Owners and operators of underground tanks containing petroleum products or hazardous chemicals are required to monitor tanks for leaks.

The office works with states to prevent and clean up releases for underground tanks.

The EPA plans to roll out new requirements for underground storage tanks soon, the first changes to the regulations in 25 years.

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