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EPA Begins Tank Inspections

The Environemntal Protection Agency has begun inspections of Missouri's underground storage tanks. Mike Smith has the story:

The Environemntal Protection Agency will inspect 100 underground storage tanks in Missouri, sleected randomly from more than 3,700 registered in the state.

Stan Walker, Chief of the Storage Tanks and All Pollution branch of the EPA regional office in Kansas City Kansas says inspectors will check each tanks leak detection equipment to see if works properly. He says most of the tanks that will be inspected are storing gasoline, mostly at service stations.

Walker says The EPA is providing assistance to the Missouri Department of Natural Recources to identify any potential problems related to local groundwater systems.

The inspections began Monday, and will continue at locations in Springfield, Joplin, Kansas City, St. Joseph, Jefferson City, Osage Beach, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, and surrounding areas.

For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.