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Coles Evergreen Marina Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 02/24/2010
Contact Information: Dave Bary at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – February 24, 2010) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Coles Evergreen Marina of Stigler, Oklahoma, $1,450 for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.

A federal inspection of the Marina’s bulk storage facility located at 113 E BK 800 Road in Haskell County, Oklahoma, revealed the facility did not have an SPCC plan and inspections and tests required by federal regulations were not in accordance with written procedures developed for the facility. Personnel working at the site had no training on the operation and maintenance of equipment to prevent discharges, discharge procedure protocols, and applicable pollution control laws, rules and regulations. The inspection also found spill prevention briefings were not scheduled and conducted periodically, the facility was not fully fenced and entrance gates were not locked and/or guarded when site is unattended, and facility lighting was not adequate to facilitate the discovery of spills during hours of darkness and to deter vandalism. 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/feb2010.html

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