QCOSTARICA – How often do gasoline stations clean or change out their storage tanks? Not often enough, it seems. On Friday the Dirección General de Transportes y Comercialización de Combustibles (DGTCC) – the Directorate General of Transportation and Fuels Distribution, announced the temporary closure of 11 gasoline stations for not doing so.
The stations now have three months to carry out the required work, otherwise be exposed to a definitive loss of their operating permit.
The stations are:
Bomba Unión Tica in Desamparados
Estación de Servicio San Luis in Alajuelita
Bomba Paraíso in Cartago
Estación de Servicio Caribe in Tibás
Estación de Servicio Volcán Poás in Alajuela
Servicentro San Rafael de Ojo de Agua 1n Alajuela
Servicentro Nuevo Arenal in San Carlos
Servicentro El Cocal in Puntarenas
Servicentro Los Tucanes in Buenos Aires
Servicentro Santa Clara in San Carlos, and
Servicentro Astúa Pirié in Cariari de Limón.
Despite the three-month time, stations that demonstrate a “significant” advance in the work can ask for an extension before risking losing their permit, according to Eduardo Bravo, director of the DGTCC.
In addition to the 11 stations temporary closed, six others have been notified, stations that although may have replaced their tanks, have not submitted the necessary documentation.
Bravo explained that existing regulations are clear, the life of … continue reading