A Leaky Tank Near You?
Where are the tanks?
Documents released by the U.S. Attorney's office don't give exact locations for all 51, but it appears that 18 are in Queens, 10 in Manhattan, nine in the Bronx, seven in Staten Island, and five in Brooklyn. The sites include tanks that hold diesel, gasoline, waste oil, and other liquids, and they might be controlled by the departments of environmental protection, corrections, sanitation, fire, or police or the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Some include FDNY tanks at Penn Station and engine companies 4, 39, and 222; NYPD tanks at the 19th precinct, Midtown North, and a highway division HQ in the Bronx. Three are on Rikers Island.
The consent decree specifies that the city "does not admit liability to the United States" for its handling of the tanks to date, which comprise more than 100,000 gallons of capacity. But NYC does pledge to implement a centralized monitoring program for its underground storage tanks.