Another gas station that spilled fuel when three of its underground storage tanks broke through the surface last year is slated to reopen before the month is over.
"The wheels of justice sometimes move very slowly," station owner Dale Miller said.
Phillips 66/Miller Mart, 3300 W. Sixth St., has been closed since September after a heavy rain floated three of its four fuel tanks to the surface, breaking through the concrete and spilling fuel from broken lines.
But today, the station is slated to receive new, custom-made tanks that will be anchored to concrete posts to ensure a heavy rain won't float them again.
The problem, Miller said, had to do with the former tenant.
"The tenant who was there wasn't keeping enough fuel in the tank," Miller said.
As for the spilled fuel, the state's Petroleum Storage Tank Release Trust Fund helped contractors working for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment clean up the leak.
The same fund is being used to pay for the cleanup at the Presto station on Ninth Street.
But Miller said his tanks didn't spill as much fuel as the thousands of gallons that came from the faulty Presto tanks - mainly, Miller said, because the spill happened when his lines broke, not from a leaky tank during a long period of time.
However, Miller did have to pay a $5,000 deductible and the cost of replacing the tanks.