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Pilgreen Fuel and Farm Supply Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 01/28/2010
Contact Information: Dave Bary at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – January 28, 2010) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Pilgreen Fuel and Farm Supply of Waurika, Oklahoma, $1,450 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 Highway 70 and Railroad Street in Waurika, Oklahoma, revealed the facility had no SPCC plan and inspection records were not maintained for three years as required by regulations. Personnel working at the site had no training on the operation and maintenance of equipment to prevent discharges, no training on discharge procedure protocols, no training on applicable pollution control laws, rules and regulations and spill prevention briefings were not scheduled and conducted periodically. The inspection also found the facility was not fully fenced and entrance gates were not locked and/or guarded when the 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/jan2010.html

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