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Marina owner’s woes pile up

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By Damon Lawrence

Legal troubles continue to haunt Bayside Marina owner Alan Schneider.
With criminal charges pending in Roane County over an altercation, he also is a defendant in lawsuits filed locally. 
On Aug. 15, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined him $18,480 for violating the state’s Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Act.
Schneider acquired the marina in 2011. According to the order, he failed to notify TDEC about the change in ownership, didn’t have adequate release detection for the underground storage tank systems and failed to cooperate with TDEC by not having a representative present during an inspection.
Officials said he pleaded ignorance when someone from TDEC contacted him in July 2012.
“Mr. Schneider explained that he was unaware of underground storage tank requirements,” the order said. 
That was one of the few times TDEC was able to reach Schneider.
A notice-of-violation letter sent to him in October 2012 was returned with a “no mail receptacle” stamp. A second notice-of-violation letter sent the following month was returned “unclaimed.”
Any facility with a petroleum underground storage tank system is supposed to have someone designated as a Class A, B or C operator.
Schneider is accused of violating that rule.   
The order also said he failed to pay tank fees and failed to attend required tank school.
“On March 18, 2013, division personnel attempted to contact Mr. Schneider by telephone,” the order said. “A message was left for Mr. Schneider indicating that tank school was being held on March 21, 2013. The respondent did not return the call and did not attend the basic training class.”
Schneider can appeal the $18,480 fine.