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Martin Operating Partnership in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 08/02/2012
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(DALLAS – August 2, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Martin Operating Partnership in Cameron, Louisiana, $14,400 for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.

A February 28, 2012, federal inspection of the partnership’s Cameron 7 Terminal located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, revealed the facility failed to properly manage retained stormwater from inside diked areas and failed to keep the diked area rainwater bypass valve in a closed and sealed position. The inspection also found the terminal’s SPCC plan failed to provide an adequate schedule for tank integrity testing, and the required facility diagram failed to list all oil tankage at the terminal.

SPCC regulations require onshore oil production and bulk storage facilities to provide oil spill prevention, control 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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