Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

May 17, 2013

Gas pumps open after emergency shut down

State order to station: Stop selling water-tinged fuel.

By Carson Gerber
Tribune staff writer

Peru — Gas pumps at a Peru convenience store reopened Thursday morning after state officials shut down the station Tuesday after inspectors say they discovered an illegal amount of water inside the fuel holding tanks.

State inspectors said they found 13 inches of water inside the 87 and 89 grade fuel tanks after two people complained their vehicles stopped running after filling up at the Peru Stop and Go located at 452 W. Main St.

State law allows for no more than .25 inches of water inside storage tanks.

The Indiana Division of Weights and Measures issued an emergency stop-sale order to the station Tuesday evening.

Mike Greene, head of the Miami County weights and measures department, said more than 6,000 gallons of tainted fuel was pumped out of the tanks and replaced with new gasoline.

He said the county and state will not issue any fines or penalties for the violation, since it’s the station’s first offense.

Greene said he did a routine measurement inspection at the station Monday and didn’t find any issues.

“I’m guessing this was just a fluke of some kind,” he said. “We’ve had a lot rain lately. It could have gotten in through a loose seal or pipe.”

State inspectors allowed the gas pumps to start running again just before 7 a.m. Thursday.

Greene said this is the first problem with water-tinged gasoline in the city in at least eight years.

Carson Gerber is a Kokomo Tribune reporter. He may be reached at 765-854-6739, or by email at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.

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