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BP settles with EPA to resolve alleged Clean Water and Air violations

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The U.S. 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.

“Ensuring BP’s 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 from occurring.”

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 https://www.epa.gov/publicnotices/public-notice-cwa-05-2016-0014-bp-products-north-america-inc

The proposed Clean Water Act Consent Agreement and Final Order resolving civil penalties for alleged violations of the national pollutant discharge elimination system permit is also subject to a 40-day comment period. See https://www.epa.gov/publicnotices/public-notice-cwa-05-2016-0014-bp-products-north-america-inc

 

Posted 6/14/2016

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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