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EPA fines heating oil company $50,000 for Clean Water Act violations

August 24, 2011
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BOSTON — Fabian Oil, Inc., a heating oil company based in Maine, has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle EPA claims that it violated the Clean Water Act and federal regulations designed to prevent oil spills from reaching waterways, according to a press release.

Fabian Oil, Inc. sells heating oil, gasoline and other petroleum products from several facilities in Maine.

According to EPA, Fabian failed to maintain and fully implement Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans at three of these facilities.

Because Fabian’s old SPCC Plans were out-of-date and only partially implemented, Fabian’s three facilities were not fully prepared to deal with oil spills or to prevent spills from having potentially serious environmental consequences.

“Because oil spills can do significant damage to the environment, it’s very important that facilities handling and storing oil do everything possible to minimize the risk of oil spills,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “It’s much easier and less expensive to prevent pollution before it occurs.”
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