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Davis Boat Works to Pay $25,000 to Settle EPA Complaint - Over Oil Spill Prevention Violations at Newport News Boat Yard

Release Date: 4/30/2001
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, (215) 814-5543

Bonnie Smith, (215) 814-5543

PHILADELPHIA -- Davis Boat Works, Inc., operator of a shipyard and oil storage facility in Newport News, Va. will pay a $25,000 penalty for alleged violations of EPA regulations designed to fight pollution from oil spills.

In its August 2000 administrative complaint, EPA cited the company for failing to have a required “spill prevention, control and countermeasure” (SPCC) plan for its 50,000-plus gallon oil storage facility. EPA also alleged that the company did not have adequate secondary containment to capture spills from two tanks, and did not perform required training and emergency response drills. The violations were discovered during a July 1999 EPA inspection of the facility.

The company has ensured adequate secondary containment, and has committed to submit revised SPCC and emergency response plans for EPA approval. As part of the settlement, Davis Boat Works neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations.

With millions of gallons of oil in storage throughout the U.S., oil spills pose a constant threat to land and water resources. EPA’s spill prevention regulations are designed to reduce the serious health and environmental risks that can be caused by oil and petroleum product leaks.