Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wilcox & Flegel Oil to pay $44,000 fine for Clean Water Act violations

Wilson Oil Inc. will pay a $44,069 civil penalty as part of a settlement for alleged spill prevention violations of the  Clean Water Act at its Longview Terminal facility in Longview, Washington. the Environmental Protection Agency said in a recent release.

The EPA said that 2015 inspection revealed that Wilcox, which does business as Wilcox & Flegel Oil Co., had failed to implement an adequate spill prevention, control and countermeasure plan and did not have adequate secondary containment for large oil storage tanks in one of the terminal’s tank farms. Wilcox has since constructed new secondary containment for the tank farm and upgraded their spill prevention plan, the release said.

“As part of the settlement, the company will pay a $44,069 civil penalty and will implement a supplemental environmental project worth approximately $125,000,” EPA said in the release.

The project calls for purchasing and installing equipment to monitor liquid levels in above-ground oil storage tanks and secondary containment at two of their oil storage and distribution facilities, EPA said. “If a monitoring alarm is triggered, predesignated personnel will receive email alerts. Triggers would include high or low liquid levels in a storage tank, liquid in a containment area or signal connection disruption. The new equipment is expected to be installed, online and in operation by mid-2017,” the release said

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