IMTT oil spills result in fines

IMTT, based in Richmond CA, has agreed to pay $157,500 to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and $85,507 to the California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response related to oil spills into the Santa Fe Channel, which flows into San Francisco Bay, according to EPA information.

The spills, three that released a total of approximately 8,600 gallons of oil into the environment, occurred between June 2002 and July 2004 at the company's oil storage and transfer facility at 100 Cutting Avenue in Richmond, EPA said.

EPA said that in addition to the spills, the company did not have adequate secondary containment to prevent oil spills as required by both state and federal laws.

These violations were discovered during a September 2003 inspection by EPA. Improvements have been made on-site in an effort to minimize any future incidents at the facility, EPA said.

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