Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday that BP Products North
America Inc. has agreed to take steps to reduce an estimated 23,500 pounds
of pollution annually from its petroleum refinery in Whiting
BP will also pay
more than $275,000 in civil penalties to resolve alleged violations of the
Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, according to EPA.
BP is the nation’s
sixth largest refinery and produces up to 430,000 barrels of oil a day.
compliance with the Clean Water Act is critical to protect Lake Michigan,”
said Acting EPA Regional Administrator Robert Kaplan said. “Identifying
hazards and maintaining a safe facility will prevent accidental releases
In March 2014 the
U.S. Coast Guard and EPA responded when BP discharged as many as 39 barrels
of oil into Lake Michigan, a spill for which the Coast Guard previously
assessed a penalty of $2,000 against BP.
Following the oil
spill, EPA launched its own investigation of environmental compliance at
BP’s Whiting refinery and subsequently found that BP had failed to implement
its spill prevention, control, and countermeasure plan and had failed as
well to provide appropriate containment to prevent a discharge of oil. BP
has agreed to update its plan and pay a $151,899 civil penalty to resolve
these alleged violations, EPA said on Monday.
In addition, EPA
found that BP exceeded the limits of its wastewater discharge permit in
April and November of 2011. BP has accordingly agreed to install new
monitoring equipment, implement an inspection and cleaning schedule for a
wastewater treatment device; enhance stormwater controls and inspections to
prevent unauthorized discharges; and pay a $74,212 civil penalty to resolve
these alleged violations, EPA said.
Finally, BP has
agreed to implement enhanced procedures when installing equipment at the
refinery and to pay a $50,313 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of
the Clean Air Act’s chemical accident prevention requirements.
The proposed Clean
Water Act Consent Agreement and Final Order resolving civil penalties for
alleged violations of the spill prevention, control, and countermeasure
regulations is subject to a 40-day public comment period. See