Prosecutors: Nedjet Yetim, Rachel Ann failed to properly secure gas stations’ underground storage tanks

Prosecutors claim gas station owners failed to properly secure underground gasoline storage tanks at four of their Long Island gas stations. (3/13/14)

BABYLON - Federal prosecutors filed a civil complaint today against a father and daughter from Long Island, claiming they failed to properly secure underground gasoline storage tanks at four of their Long Island gas stations.

Two of the stations are located in Elmont, one in Island Park and another in North Babylon.  

The complaint also alleges that all four gas stations were leaking and that they all sat above a federally protected Aquifer.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office says 50-year-old Nedjet Yetim, of Patchogue, has a long history of failing to comply with EPA regulations. Rachel Ann, his 29-year-old daughter who just joined the family-run business, was named in the complaint as well.

In a statement, the U.S. Attorney's Office said that while the violations did not pose an immediate threat to drinking water, federal law obligations "to safeguard the public from gasoline and waste oil leaks” were ignored.

The complaint is asking for the defendants to comply with all regulations and face monetary penalties of up to $16,000 per tank for each day of violation.

An attorney for the Yetim family says the violations occurred when the sites were run by different operators, and claims that the North Babylon site is now in compliance.

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