English Construction Company will pay a $17,289 fine and will prepare and implement oil spill prevention plans in a move to settle violations of federal oil spill prevention regulations at its construction facility in Hurt, VA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) officials said.
Under the Clean Water Act, owners of facilities that store 1,320 gallons of oil or more must develop and implement a spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) plan. SPCC plans help prevent discharges of oil from onshore facilities into navigable waterways, and for containing oil in the event a discharge occurs.
During a compliance inspection at the Hurt facility, EPA inspectors found the company failed to prepare an SPCC plan. In addition, the EPA said English Construction failed to conduct required testing and visual inspections of oil storage containers, failed to put in place facility drainage safeguards, or to adequately train personnel to operate and maintain equipment for preventing oil spills.
An accidental oil spill into sewers and waterways can pose threats to people’s health and the environment. English Construction’s SPCC plans will prevent potential oil spills into nearby Roanoke River.
Costs associated with spill prevention plans are often much less than costs for cleaning up spills that occur, EPA officials said.
EPA’s penalty takes into account English Construction’s efforts in resolving the violations, and the company is now complying with applicable SPCC regulations.