Marathon Oil Pays $38,000 For Violations

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Marathon Oil Pays $38,000 For Violations

COOK INLET, Alaska -- Marathon Oil Co. agreed to pay nearly $38,000 in fines for alleged Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) violations at its Sparks oil platform, reported.

The Environmental Protection Agency charged the company with failing to comply with the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by failing to register and house two PCB transformers that were marked for disposal and reuse, the report stated.

Violations included the failure to register two transformers and keep records of the registration; lack of TSCA-approved storage for the units; the lack of a yearly document log for four years; failure to mark the transformers with a date for disposal; failure to inspect the units for disposal every 30 days; and failure to notify and obtain identification prior to TCB waste procedures.

Since the violations, the company has removed and disposed of the transformers, the report stated.

"Facilities that store PCBs need to be aware of their notification and storage obligations under TSCA," said Daniel Duncan, EPA's Region 10 PCB program coordinator. "We'll continue to review the reports filed under the PCB regulations to determine proper compliance with the storage and disposal rules."