The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it has filed a complaint against Irving Oil Terminals Inc. of Delaware over the company's discharges of storm water without a permit for a facility in Revere.
As part of the administrative process, EPA will be proposing a penalty which will reflect the seriousness of the violations. The statutory maximum penalty for the alleged violations is $157,500.
Irving Oil operates an oil terminal in Revere, which collects and treats storm water prior to being discharged into the Chelsea River. The facility's federal water discharge permit expired on November 1, 2002. The company continued operations, and did not reapply for the permit until May 10, 2004.
"The progress we've made in cleaning our country's waters in the last three decades is due in large part to the system of permits we have in place to ensure that discharges are not harming water quality," said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator for EPA's New England Office. "Companies, like all of the parties we regulate, need to fulfill their responsibilities to make sure they have proper environmental permits and are complying with those permits."