EPA Enforcement: $1.5 Million Clean Water Act Fine

According to a news release (2.9.12) from the USEPA, Union Pacific Railroad Company will pay $1.5 million for violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The alleged incidents date back to 2003 and 2004 along railroad lines in all three states.

Among the alleged violations were, oil spills, coal spills and inadequate SPCC plans and/or inadequate SPCC plan implementation.

In our October 6, 2011 blog, we discussed some of the common SPCC violations. One year earlier, in our October 26, 2010 blog, we discussed the amendments to the SPCC rules and the importance of implementation of the SPCC plan.

It does appear there is more environmental enforcement and settlement information making “headlines” in the past few months.

If you have questions or concerns about your SPCC plans and/or environmental compliance issues, contact Matthew Schroeder, P.E. (mschroeder@dragun.com) at 248-932-0228.

Link to the EPA Release http://tinyurl.com/7xozb79

 

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