FRANKLIN, TN (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration opposed legislation passed this year to allow the state to eliminate fees paid for underground storage tanks like those at his family-owned Pilot Flying J chain of truck stops.

The governor said criticism of his administration's actions regarding the board that oversees the state's underground storage tanks is unwarranted.

The Haslam administration issued a "flag" letter to sponsors of the legislation in March to indicate it opposed the legislation to allow the fees to be eliminated. But the governor ultimately signed the bill into law after both the House and Senate passed it unanimously.

Haslam cites U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statistics as showing that Tennessee ranks second in the country in terms of completed cleanups of leaky underground storage tanks.

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