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EPA initiates penalty actions against 21 facilities in MT and on two Indian reservations under the Clean Water Act
Release Date: 6/7/2004
- Denver -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Denver office is seeking penalties against 21 facilities in Montana, the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation for violations of the federal Clean Water Act's Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan regulations. Penalties range from $450 to $37,893. EPA's actions require the facilities to develop and implement oil spill prevention plans, clean up spills, and take corrective action.
"The regulations are in place to protect the environment, including drinking water. They also ensure that those in the regulated community who operate facilities meeting SPCC requirements are not disadvantaged economically," EPA Assistant Regional Administrator Carol Rushin said.
"The Oil Enforcement Program applies to all oils -- petroleum, non-petroleum, animal and vegetable oil, and any facility that handles more than 1,320 gallons of oil is regulated, from farms to large refineries," Rushin said.
For the facilities with more serious violations, EPA provides the opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed penalty assessments for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. To find out how to submit your comments, you may access the Public Notices at:
Facilities with proposed actions available for public comment are:
Farmer’s Union Oil Company, aka AgLand Co-Op, Wolf Point, MT
The other facilities with proposed actions are:
Chief Mountain Junction
Jim’s Diesel Repair
Montana Department of Transportation – Browning Station
Montana Department of Transportation – Glasgow Station
Montana Department of Transportation – St. Mary’s Station
Trail’s End Service
Valley County Road Department
Twelve facilities with less severe violations will receive settlement offers from EPA ranging from $450 to $1,850.
For general information about the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan requirements, see
For the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan regulation, see