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Marina Del Rey Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 09/22/2009
Contact Information: Dave Bary at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – September 22, 2009) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Marina Del Rey of Madisonville, Louisiana, $900 for violating federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act. A federal inspection of a bulk storage facility located at 100 Marina Del Rey Drive, Madisonville, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, on May 14, 2009, revealed the facility’s SPCC plan did not conform to federal requirements, had inadequate or no description of the physical layout of the facility, inadequate or no information and procedures for reporting an oil spill, and inadequate or no description and procedures to use when oil spills occur. The inspection also found the SPCC plan had inadequate or no discussion of site security and the facility was not fully fenced and entrance gates were not locked or guarded when site was unattended. As part of an Expedited Settlement Agreement with 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 responses to prevent oil discharges. The SPCC program helps protect our nation’s water quality. 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: http://www.epa.gov/region6

EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/sep2009.html

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