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Operator of Revere Oil Terminal Pays $50,000 Penalty for Failing to Get Storm Water Permit

Release Date: 10/05/04
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Contact: Peyton Fleming, EPA Press Office (617-918-1008)

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2004; Release # 04-10-05

BOSTON – The operator of an oil terminal in Revere, MA has agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the company discharged storm water without a permit from its facility in Revere, in violation of federal environmental law.

Irving Oil Terminals. Inc. operates an oil terminal in Revere that collects and treats storm water before it is discharged into the Chelsea River. The facility’s federal water discharge permit expired Nov. 1, 2002. The company continued operations and did not reapply for the permit until May 10, 2004. Since the filing of the complaint, Irving Oil has re-applied for its permit and is cooperating with EPA to have the permit issued as quickly as possible.

“By applying for a permit, Irving did its part to come into compliance with a federal regulation that has been key to cleaning up our nation’s waters over the past three decades,” said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA’s New England Office. “Progress has been due in large part to the system of permits we have in place to ensure that discharges are not harming water quality.”

For more information about storm water permits, visit the agency’s web site at

Related Information:
Water Enforcement in New England
Clean Water Act
Storm Water Topics