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DEC issues fine, consent order to Moravia store for dumping fryer oil into water drain

November 19, 2016

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a consent order and a fine of $1,500 to the parent company of Kwik Fill after an employee at the gas station/convenience store in Moravia dumped fryer grease into a stormwater drain.

Derrick Durbin of Moravia reported the incident in September to the DEC after he smelled a heavy grease odor coming from a catch basin near the gas station. According to a DEC spokesperson, DEC law enforcement conducted an investigation and with the help of Kwik Fill determined that an employee had been dumping fryer oil into the catch basin for three months.

It was not clear whether the employee was directed to deposit the grease in the drain, or if he or she acted alone. A spokesperson for Kwik Fill’s parent company, the United Refining Company of PA, was not available for comment on Thursday.

DEC staff said the oil did not spread beyond the second catch basin down flow from the discharge point. DEC Spills responded to the scene and provided Kwik Fill with a list of contractors to conduct the clean up. A DEC spokesperson said Kwik Fill hired EMS Environmental Inc., which used a drum vacuum to remove about 30 gallons of material from the sewer system.

The United Refining Company of PA, paid for the cleanup under a consent order and paid the DEC a $1,500 penalty.