Aging fuel tanks could cost gas station operators millions

Regulators said thousands of fuel tanks need to be replaced across Washington state.

VAN ZANDT, Wash. — A hidden problem is lurking beneath gas stations across Washington state. Aging fuel tanks are rotting, threatening the environment and costing business owners big money to fix.

Jeff Margolis operated a small grocery store and gas station for 49 years in the tiny Whatcom County town of Van Zandt.

Three gas pumps operated at the site since at least 1934 before Margolis closed the operation down in 2019. While the old gas pumps are long gone, they’ve left a lasting legacy that Margolis has to deal with

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