Unocal pays penalty for inlet clean water violations

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Unocal Corporation has agreed to pay a $370,000 federal penalty for a series of Clean Water Act violations at 11 of the company's Cook Inlet drilling sites, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.

The penalty is a settlement reached between the EPA and Unocal after the oil company reported to the federal agency that it had exceeded the limit of pollutants it's allowed to discharge into the inlet. Unocal has also already remedied the cause of the violations, the EPA said.

The company reported the violations to the EPA after conducting its own evaluation of pollutants released from off-shore and on-shore facilities over a five-year period, from 1997 to February 2003. The company exceeded the allowable limits dozens of times during that period, the EPA said.

Unocal spokesperson in Anchorage, Roxanne Sinz, said the company wanted to resolve the issue with the federal agency. That's why Unocal reported the violations and negotiated with the EPA on a penalty.

In a press release Friday, EPA regional administrator John Iani said: Unocal has set an example which I hope is followed by others who are legally required to protect the environment in their operations.''

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