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No. 9 Marina Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 03/03/2010
Contact Information: Dave Bary at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – March 3, 2010) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined No. 9 Marina of Eufaula, Oklahoma, $800 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 7000 Highway 9 East in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, found no evidence of a five-year review of the facility’s SPCC plan and the facility had not implemented appropriate containment and diversionary structures. Inspections and tests were not in accordance with written procedures developed for the facility and were not maintained for three years as required by federal regulations. 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 and regulations. The inspection also revealed spill prevention briefings were not scheduled and conducted periodically, 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/mar2010.html

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