AG Gansler: Beltsville Petroleum Company Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Certification of Underground Storage Tank Technician
Employee admits he didn't have the qualifications
Baltimore, MD ( July 26, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Capitol Petroleum Equipment, Inc., located in Beltsville, pleaded guilty to making false statements in an application for an Underground Storage System Technician. Prince George's County District Court Judge Erick H. Nyce imposed a fine of $10,000 with all but $3,000 suspended.
"Maryland requires companies who store gas underground to have qualified people on the job to make sure toxic chemicals don't contaminate the environment," said Attorney General Gansler. "The health and safety risks of underground storage tanks are too great to place in the hands of employees who can't prove they're trained and competent."
An investigation revealed that false statements were made in an application completed by the company for the Underground Storage Tank Technician Certification of one of their employees. It was discovered that the employee, William Todd Eason, had never worked at any of the six sites listed by the company on the application. Mr. Eason told investigators that the work on the sites listed all occurred before he began employment.
In addition to passing the certification test, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) requires an applicant to have had direct involvement in a minimum of six underground storage systems installations.
The case was investigated and pursued by Attorney General Gansler's Environmental Crimes Unit (ECU) with the assistance of the Maryland Department of the Environment. In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked ECU Deputy Chief Jay Elliot Robinson and ECU investigator David Williams for their work on the case.