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Petco Petroleum Corporation Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 08/22/2012
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(DALLAS – August 22, 2012) The Environmental Protection Agency has fined the Petco Petroleum Corporation of Hinsdale, Illinois, $3,650 for violating federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.

A March 31, 2012, EPA inspection of its Jemima Richard oil production facility located on Highway 33 in Drumright, Creek County, Oklahoma, revealed personnel working at the facility had no training on the operation and maintenance of equipment to prevent discharges, discharge procedure protocols, or training on applicable pollution control laws, rules and regulations. The inspection also found spill prevention briefings were not scheduled and conducted periodically, visual inspections of containers, foundation and supports were not conducted as required by SPCC regulations and above ground valves and pipelines were not examined on a scheduled basis for general condition.

As part of an Expedited Settlement Agreement with the EPA, the facility has provided certification that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.

SPCC regulations require onshore oil production or bulk storage facilities to provide oil spill prevention, preparedness and countermeasures to prevent oil discharges. The SPCC program helps protect our nation’s water quality since a spill of only one gallon of oil can contaminate one million gallons of water.

Additional information on SPCC regulations is available at: http://www.epa.gov/oilspill
More about activities in EPA Region 6 is available at http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region6.html

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