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Edinger Incorporated Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 04/04/2011
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Joe Hubbard at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(DALLAS – April 4, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Edinger Incorporated of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, $2,950 for violating the Clean Water Act's Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. During a recent inspection of the company's oil production facility in Caddo County, Oklahoma, EPA uncovered a variety of SPCC violations.

These included improper or inadequate measures for spill containment, discharge prevention, storage and labeling of oil, and drainage controls. EPA also found site personnel were inadequately trained in a number of areas, including operation and maintenance of equipment, discharge protocols, and pollution control laws and regulations. Additionally, staff had not conducted periodic visual inspections of containers, foundations, and supports for maintenance needs.

As part of a March 2011 Expedited Settlement Agreement with EPA, the facility has certified 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/aboutepa/region6.html

EPA audio file is available at: http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/apr2011.html

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