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Oklahoma Marinas Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 03/19/2010
Contact Information: Dave Bary at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – March 19, 2010) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined four Oklahoma marinas $7,000 for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.

Federal inspections at the marinas’ bulk storage facilities in December 2009, found numerous violations including: The facilities had no SPCC plans and inspections and tests required by federal regulations were not in accordance with written procedures and were not maintained for three years. Personnel working at the marinas 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 inspections also found spill prevention briefings were not scheduled and conducted periodically. As part of an Expedited Settlement Agreement with EPA, the marinas have provided certification that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.

The marinas fined were:

Arrowhead Yacht Club and Marina, 32888 South 4507 Road, Afton, Oklahoma, $2,100
Duchees Creek Marina, Route 1, Porum, Oklahoma, $1,800
Thunder Bay Marina, 450780 Thunder Bay Road, Afton, Oklahoma, $1,700
Snake Creek Marina, 18576 West Snake Creek Road, Cookson, Oklahoma, $1,400

SPCC regulations require bulk storage facilities to provide oil spill prevention, preparedness and responses to prevent oil spills. 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

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