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Auto dealer facing $17,500 penalty after 2014 oil spill

A New Hampshire auto dealer has agreed to pay a penalty of $17,500 to settle EPA claims regarding an oil spill last year, and inadequacies in its oil spill prevention plan.

According to the EPA news release, the oil spill originated from tanks stored at the dealership, when a small quantity of oil was released to an unnamed stream that leads to the Sugar River. Additionally, in a subsequent March 2014 inspection, EPA alleged that the company’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan was not adequate.

“This case demonstrates clearly the value and importance of preparing sufficient plans and taking actions to prevent oil spills before they occur,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.

Reminder: BLR has a free oil spill app that has all the federal and state reporting information you need to avoid costly fines and stay out of trouble. Learn more here.

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