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BP AMOCO STATION HISTORY
During 2012, a BP Amoco Station located at 10477 120th Avenue was ordered to stop an ongoing illicit discharge of petroleum products into a drainage ditch adjacent to the property. The discharge was indicating soil and groundwater contamination on site. Station owners were also ordered to develop and implement a plan to treat the contaminated discharge. The discharge was initially brought to the attention of the Village, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in 2011. At that point discussions with the station began.
After repeated requests, regarding the stationís plans to stop the discharge and remediate the contamination, were not met with sufficient response from the station owner, the Village initiated the process to revoke or suspend the stationís conditional use permit, a permit that allows them to remain in business. Station owners then began working to properly address the discharge and remediation needs.
Station owners installed special equipment at the site to capture and treat contaminated groundwater from the property (contamination could remain in the soils for many years to come). Station owners also formed a plan to address monitoring and remediation needs on an ongoing basis.
During May of 2013, Village staff and consultants determined that the required steps, to stop the discharge and monitor surrounding soils and groundwater for contamination on an ongoing basis had been implemented. In May, the Plan Commission conditionally approved the stationís Conditional Use Permit (for one year).
In December 2013, station owners submitted a written request to amend the Conditional Use Permit and a related Settlement Agreement (between the Village and station owners). With a working system in place to capture and treat the groundwater before its release and the water chemistry results established based on the agreed upon monitoring, the station owners requested:
- to decrease the frequency of the required testing to monthly as opposed to weekly provided no violations are present; and
- to specify the type of testing to be completed for lead as testing for total lead.
In addition to the changes above, station owners agreed to install additional equipment to further filter lead from the contaminated groundwater (in addition to the other contaminants) prior to its discharge into the ditch. Station owners also agreed to a more detailed action plan for monitoring and remediation of soils on adjacent properties that may have been contaminated as a result of the discharge.
In January, the Village Plan Commission considered the two changes above and approved the Amendment to the Conditional Use Permit granted in May of 2013. They additionally sent a favorable recommendation to the Village Board regarding their approval of the Amended Agreement. At their February 3 meeting, the Village Board considered and then approved the Amendment to the Agreement.