EPA proposes $700K+ in penalties for 2 facilities over possible SPCC violations in Q1

EPA filed complaints against two Pan Am Railways-owned rail yards for failing to implement an SPCC plan, among other violations.

During the first quarter of 2015, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed complaints of SPCC violations against two facilities owned by Pan Am Railways and its subsidiaries, according to the EPA’s online list of proposed administrative penalties for 2015.

Each rail yard—one in Waterville, Maine and another in Deerfield, Massachusetts—allegedly failed to fully implement a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan. Both facilities also allegedly failed to comply with national or state rules discharging stormwater. That brings Pan Am’s total violation count to 4, each of which the EPA can penalize the company up to $16,000 per violation for each day during which the violations continued, up to a maximum of 187,500 for each count.

The maximum these violations could cost Pan Am is $748,000.

Meanwhile, Pan Am was penalized this month for another oil-related violation at the same Deerfield facility. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA-DEP) fined Pan Am nearly $12,000 for failing to give notice of a 20-gallon engine oil spill within 24 hours of becoming aware of the spill, the DEP disclosed on their website.

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