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EPA Proposes Penalty Against Conoco Phillips Alaska, Inc. for Clean Water Act Violations

Public Notice Information

Date of Notice: July 27, 2012

Comment Period Ends: August 27, 2012

Case Name: Conoco Phillips Alaska, Inc., Anchorage, AK

Complaint Docket Number: CWA-10-2012-0131

How to Submit Comments: In accordance with 40 C.F.R. 22.45, anyone wishing to comment on or participate in this proceeding must notify the Regional Hearing Clerk within 30 days of this notice. Please provide your name, complete mailing address, and any comments you have on this action.

Name of Case: Conoco Phillips Alaska, Inc., Anchorage, AK

Action: Proposed Penalty Assessment under the Clean Water Act

Docket Number of the Complaint: CWA-10-2012-0131

Description of Violation and Relief Sought: Pursuant to Section 311(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (“EPA”) is providing public notice of the proposed penalty described below. In order to provide opportunity for public comment, EPA will not take final action in this proceeding prior to 40 days after publication of this notice.

EPA proposes to commence an administrative penalty action against Conoco Phillips Alaska, Inc. (“Respondent”) for violation of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). EPA alleges that the Respondents violated section 311 of the CWA by discharging crude oil onto tundra adjacent to the Kuparuk River. The discharge resulted from a spill from the 2WUPO gathering line between 2U and 2W pads. EPA proposes to assess a penalty in the amount of $45,000. Respondent will also pay a state penalty of $77,000.

Persons wishing to comment on EPA’s proposed action or to become participants in this action may do so by submitting their address and telephone number, along with written comments, to the Regional Hearing Clerk at the address above within 30 days of the date of this notice. This is a Class II administrative penalty proceeding, governed by Section 311(b) of the CWA and the procedural rules found at 40 C.F.R. Part 112. The requirements that apply to public comment and participation are set forth in 40 C.F.R. 22.45.

Name and address of Complainant:
Edward J. Kowalski, Director
Office of Compliance and Enforcement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 10 (OCE-184)
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, Washington 98101

Name and address of Respondent:
Conoco Phillips Alaska, Inc.
700 G Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99501 Name, address, and telephone number of Regional Hearing Clerk:
Regional Hearing Clerk
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 10 (ORC-158)
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 553-0242

Location of Spill:
Conoco Philips Alaska, Inc.
Kuparuk River Field
Kuparuk 2U Pad
North Slope Borough, Alaska 99734

Applicable Permit No.: N/A

Business/activity of Respondent: N/A

Comments Accepted: In accordance with 40 C.F.R. 22.45, any person wishing to comment on or participate in this proceeding must notify the Regional Hearing Clerk within 30 days of this notice. The person must provide a name, complete mailing address, and any comments the person has on this action.

A copy of the administrative complaint is available for review and copying between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at EPA’s Seattle Office (see address listed above).

For any additional information on this action, please contact Kate Spaulding at (206) 553-5429.


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