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Pennywise Oil Company, Inc.

Boston, MA: (Feb-09-07) The EPA filed suit against Pennywise Oil Company for failing to plan adequately for and guard against oil spills at a bulk storage facility in Essex and Westbrook. The lawsuit alleged Pennywise Oil Company thereby violated the federal Clean Water Act. On inspection, a representative from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's Emergency Response Unit in February 2006 found that the company failed to construct adequate secondary containment around its aboveground oil storage tanks, truck off-loading area, and loading rack, leading to a risk of a spill to surface waters in the event of discharges during transfer operations or from equipment failure. The company was fined $22,500 by the EPA. [EPA: OIL SPILL]

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Published on Feb-18-07


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