EPA Fines for West Point Academy

Even the U.S. Army’s West Point Academy is not exempt from EPA inspections.

According to a complaint issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the academy failed to comply with critical environmental laws related to underground tanks used to store diesel fuel and gasoline.  The US Army and Army & Air Force Exchange failed to monitor, test, and keep records for their underground petroleum storage tanks, which adds up to a $167.116 penalty by the EPA.

EPA states that the Army neglected to monitor the tanks for leaks, adequately protect against potential spills, and investigate operating conditions. EPA also says both parties failed to test leak detection devices at three tanks owned by the Army and operated by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

The Army and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service have stated that their underground storage tank systems are now in compliance.