Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Compromise Reached on Baxter Fuel Tanks

A compromise has apparently been reached over some above-ground fuel storage tanks at a market in Baxter. The town's board of aldermen has OK'd a plan providing for a concrete wall to be built around the tanks and for them to be located more than 100 feet from the road and from nearby buildings. A mobile home behind PFS market will also be relocated. Officials say the state of Tennessee ordered the removal of underground fuel tanks at the business after becoming concerned about ground water contamination. And the level of the water table in that area also prevents the new tanks from being placed underground. City officials say their biggest concern is containing any explosion should the tanks be damaged. They say they hope a containment wall would do that.