England shipyards cited for violations
Two New England shipyards, one in Massachusetts
and one in Rhode Island, will pay penalties to settle claims
by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that
they violated federal environmental laws.
Rose’s Oil Service, a shipyard and fuel oil
distributor in Gloucester, Massachusetts, will pay $130,000 to
resolve claims it violated federal water and oil pollution prevention
laws. Under the settlement agreement between Rose’s Oil and EPA’s
New England office, EPA alleges the company discharged pressure
wash water and stormwater without authorization under the Clean
Water Act. Rose’s Oil also failed to prepare a facility response
plan and an adequate spill prevention, control, and countermeasure
plan in violation of federal oil pollution regulations.
Promet Marine Services, which builds, repairs
and retrofits vessels in Providence, will pay $290,000 to settle
claims by EPA that it violated federal clean air and clean water
laws. According to EPA, Promet’s use of paints exceeded volatile
organic compound and hazardous air pollutant limits of the Clean
Air Act. Promet violated the Clean Water Act through the unauthorized
discharge of contaminated pressure wash water into the Providence
River, EPA said.
Rose’s Oil Service builds and repairs vessels,
and performs pressure washing, sanding, painting, metal working,
welding and machining. Rose’s Oil has a total oil storage capacity
of about 160,000 gallons. After EPA inspected the company, Rose’s
Oil promptly came into compliance with federal law by eliminating
process water discharges from entering Gloucester Harbor and
by applying for required permits. Rose’s Oil also developed the
necessary spill response plans. Under the settlement with EPA,
the company will pay $98,000 for water-related violations and
$32,000 for oil storage violations.
Both settlements include a certification
by the shipyards that they are now complying with all requirements.