Plantation Pipe Line has agreed to pay a $725,000 civil penalty for spills of jet fuel and gasoline in Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. The company also agreed to $1.3 million in new spill prevention safeguards to settle a lawsuit over Clean Water Act violations. The lawsuit cited the company’s failure to have a spill prevention, control and countermeasure plan for a 420,000-gallon oil storage tank at Newington, Virginia. Officials said that on January 10, 2000, at least 100 barrels of jet fuel leaked from a pipeline in Newington, and some went into Accotink Creek. Also cited were spills affecting streams in Alexandria, VA, in 2002; Hull, GA, in 2003; and Charlotte, NC, two years ago.
Source: Associated Press
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