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October 21, 1996
A proposal for four 30,000-gallon and three 15,000-gallon petroleum storage tanks will go to the Mount Airy zoning appeals board with a favorable recommendation from the town planning commission.Southern States Cooperative Inc. plans to put the tanks on a 6.2-acre industrial site in the Pleasants property on East Ridge- ville Boulevard near Century Drive."We're interested in a terminal facility at Mount Airy," said Jerry Gass, Southern States director of communications.But plans are preliminary, and the corporation has not bought the proposed site from owners William Pleasants Sr. and Jr., he said.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | November 24, 2008
Charles T. Erdman Jr., a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. manager and Navy veteran, died Nov. 17 of heart failure at his Arnold home. He was 80. Mr. Erdman, who was born and raised in East Baltimore, was a graduate of Patterson High School. He served in the Navy as a radio operator aboard the USS Caloosahatchee, a fleet oiler, from 1945 until 1948. In 1948, Mr. Erdman went to work for Bethlehem Steel's Buffalo Tank Division. During his 40-year career he held management positions at the company's plants at Sparrows Point, Buffalo, N.Y., Hallandale, Fla., and Dunellen, N.J. He was working in Baltimore when he retired in 1988.
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By KIM HART and KIM HART,CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE | December 26, 2005
A year ago, Alan and Caroline Millet filled the tank in the crawl-space below their living room floor with 250 gallons of heating oil to keep their Edgewater home warm during the winter months. Soon the smell of oil began to permeate all the rooms in their house, and they worried that the noxious liquid might have seeped into their water supply. An inspection showed the rusty edge of the steel tank, which was almost four decades old, had ruptured and leaked all of the oil into the ground.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,Sun reporter | July 25, 2008
Baltimore County has agreed to pay a fine to settle allegations that officials didn't report a potential leak from an underground diesel fuel tank and didn't properly check and upgrade underground fuel storage tanks at 13 county facilities, authorities said yesterday. The settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires the county to pay a $28,968 penalty and install a $90,000 computerized system to monitor the fuel tanks, according to the federal agency. The most serious violation was the failure to report a discrepancy in inventory records for an underground diesel fuel tank at a maintenance shop in Woodlawn in late 2006 and early 2007, according to the EPA. A discrepancy in inventory records can indicate leaks, said Donna Heron, an EPA spokeswoman.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2004
State officials announced yesterday a sharp reduction in the level of contamination of a gasoline additive at the underground storage tanks of an Exxon station in the Upper Crossroads section of Harford County, but said that does not solve the problem of the apparent leak. "This is good news, but it does not mean the problem has been solved or that the department's scrutiny of the situation will decrease," said Kendl P. Philbrick, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1996
Southern States Cooperative Inc. is studying its options after Mount Airy's zoning appeals board turned down its plan to build bulk petroleum storage tanks in an undeveloped industrial park.The board's decision was greeted with applause by about 20 Twin Arch Road and Conestoga Heights subdivision residents who attended a hearing Tuesday night to oppose the proposal.Attorney David A. Severn, who represented Southern States, said the Virginia-based cooperative has not decided whether to appeal the decision in court.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | April 29, 1998
The County Commissioners yesterday approved a request from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. to build two hot dog-shaped natural gas storage tanks at the Northern Landfill.BGE must also receive approval from the county Board of Zoning Appeals and the state Department of Transportation, which regulates natural gas facilities.The utility wants to build two 35,000-gallon tanks at the landfill in Reese by December 1999. The tanks will hold natural gas chilled to a liquid state at 260 degrees below zero.
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BY A SUN REPORTER | January 14, 2006
An official with a fuel company named in a $200 million class action suit filed by northern Baltimore County residents said yesterday that underground storage tanks at a Parkton gas station were properly monitored, under the supervision of state environmental officials. John Phelps, executive vice president of Carroll Independent Fuel, said company and Maryland Department of the Environment records show that gasoline has not leaked from storage tanks at a Citgo station at Wally's Country Store.
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By John A Morris and John A Morris,Staff writer | May 19, 1991
County Executive Robert R. Neall wants to throw the book at a Gambrills man who dumped raw sewage on the banks of a Severn River tributary.Neall has authorized the county attorney to seek criminal and civil penalties against Willie F. Helsel, the owner of a 45-acre tract on Hog Farm Road, and his brother, Howard E. Helsel, a 1986 candidate for County Council from District 4.On May 9, health inspectors discovered two lagoons containing raw sewage on the...
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,Staff Writer | July 23, 1993
A 16-inch water main burst inside a pumping station near Reisterstown Road and the Baltimore Beltway about 1 p.m. yesterday, disrupting service in a wide area of northwestern Baltimore County, from Pikesville and Randallstown as far west as Reisterstown, public works officials said.Streets around the pumping station were flooded as an estimated 1.5 million gallons from four elevated storage tanks in the area drained back through the system and out of the pumping station.Police closed Reisterstown Road to traffic between the Beltway and Old Court Road for several hours, creating a huge backup that spread onto the Beltway as drivers waited for the Reisterstown Road exit ramps to clear.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,Sun reporter | December 7, 2006
State transportation officials said yesterday they expect to spend $24 million over the next five years to replace underground fuel storage tanks that fail to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. The tanks are at a dozen Maryland Transit Administration facilities and store the diesel fuel and gasoline used by buses, MARC trains and other state vehicles, officials said. James F. Ports Jr., deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation, told the Board of Public Works yesterday that the tank replacements are part of a negotiated settlement with EPA that also requires the state to pay a penalty of $172,207.
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October 26, 2006
Baltimore County fire officials announced yesterday that an organization that measures risk for insurance companies has determined the rural areas of the county are better protected from fire than before. Insurance Services Office has changed the county's fire protection rating in the rural area not served by fire hydrants from nine to six under a scale of one to 10, with one being the safest, fire officials said. Areas of the county served by public water continue to receieve a three in the most recent ratings, which were issued to the fire department in June, officials said.
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By ALLISON CONNOLLY and ALLISON CONNOLLY,SUN REPORTER | April 22, 2006
As if gas prices topping $3 a gallon weren't enough, drivers might pull up to their local station in the next few weeks and find no gasoline at any price. It has happened at some stations in the Philadelphia area and parts of Virginia over the past two weeks, and similar spot shortages are expected in Maryland and other areas as gas stations switch over to a more environmentally friendly fuel. The problems should be resolved by Memorial Day, just in time for the busy summer travel season, said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Ragina Averella.
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BY A SUN REPORTER | January 14, 2006
An official with a fuel company named in a $200 million class action suit filed by northern Baltimore County residents said yesterday that underground storage tanks at a Parkton gas station were properly monitored, under the supervision of state environmental officials. John Phelps, executive vice president of Carroll Independent Fuel, said company and Maryland Department of the Environment records show that gasoline has not leaked from storage tanks at a Citgo station at Wally's Country Store.
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By KIM HART and KIM HART,CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE | December 26, 2005
A year ago, Alan and Caroline Millet filled the tank in the crawl-space below their living room floor with 250 gallons of heating oil to keep their Edgewater home warm during the winter months. Soon the smell of oil began to permeate all the rooms in their house, and they worried that the noxious liquid might have seeped into their water supply. An inspection showed the rusty edge of the steel tank, which was almost four decades old, had ruptured and leaked all of the oil into the ground.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | September 19, 2004
Seeking to quell public anger over the state's handling of residential well contamination in the Fallston area of Harford County, Maryland's top environmental official assured residents yesterday that his agency is moving to stop future leaks of the gasoline additive now found to be tainting about 250 wells in the area. "I'm as frustrated as you are with the problem," said state Environment Secretary Kendl P. Philbrick, whose home is within a half-mile of the Exxon service station suspected of being a major source of the contamination.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | November 24, 2008
Charles T. Erdman Jr., a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. manager and Navy veteran, died Nov. 17 of heart failure at his Arnold home. He was 80. Mr. Erdman, who was born and raised in East Baltimore, was a graduate of Patterson High School. He served in the Navy as a radio operator aboard the USS Caloosahatchee, a fleet oiler, from 1945 until 1948. In 1948, Mr. Erdman went to work for Bethlehem Steel's Buffalo Tank Division. During his 40-year career he held management positions at the company's plants at Sparrows Point, Buffalo, N.Y., Hallandale, Fla., and Dunellen, N.J. He was working in Baltimore when he retired in 1988.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 2, 1999
Calling the water shortage in South Carroll "critical," the county commissioners enacted an immediate ban on outdoor water use yesterday for the Freedom District, the county's most populous region.The ban extends only to the 6,500 households that use the Freedom water system. The district, which encompasses Sykesville and unincorporated Eldersburg, is home to more than 28,000 people.Residents must discontinue "lawn watering, car washing and outside water usage until further notice," according to a news release issued late yesterday.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2004
State officials announced yesterday a sharp reduction in the level of contamination of a gasoline additive at the underground storage tanks of an Exxon station in the Upper Crossroads section of Harford County, but said that does not solve the problem of the apparent leak. "This is good news, but it does not mean the problem has been solved or that the department's scrutiny of the situation will decrease," said Kendl P. Philbrick, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.
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