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For immediate release - July 28, 2005

Proper disposal of home-heating oil tanks continues

TAVARES — Lake County officials with the Department of Environmental Services (DES) will continue its Home Heating Oil Recovery Program next week as 10 more homes will be served by the free program.

The program is designed to allow homeowners in the cities and the unincorporated areas of the County to join in the fight against soil and water pollution. The Home Heating Oil Recovery Program is designed to locate and properly drain fuel oil from old tanks. The service is provided at no cost to homeowners and is financed by the Pollution Recovery Trust Fund. That fund receives money from civil penalties imposed for polluting the environment.

Homeowners are encouraged to call (352) 343-3776 ext. 248 to arrange for proper draining of the home-heating oil tanks and proper disposal of the recovered oil. Leave a name, address and phone number and a member of the County’s Home Heating Oil Recovery Program will return the call. Commercial properties are not eligible to participate in the program.

“The old tanks used prior to the 1970s corrode, allowing remaining fuel oil to leak out and seep into the aquifer,” said Charlie Cox, a DES inspector. “Many of these tanks, long forgotten, are now being discovered as the older houses are remodeled. If a homeowner has a heating oil tank on their property that is no longer being used, we want to help them dispose of the fuel in an environmentally safe way.”

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

 
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