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Cox Operating, LLC, Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 08/10/2012
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(DALLAS – August 10, 2012) The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Cox Operating, LLC, of New Orleans, Louisiana, $29,400 for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations at two of its oil production facilities in Louisiana.

A January 24, 2012, inspection at the facilities found numerous violations including failure to conduct adequate self-inspections as required by SPCC regulations, failure to provide adequate documentation of SPCC training and failure to provide adequate secondary containment and oil collection equipment.

The oil production facilities inspected and fined were:

Chandler Sound Block 71 Facility, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, $20,300
Eloi Bay Central Facility, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, $9,100

SPCC regulations require onshore 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 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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