BP Alaska fined $125K for vi­o­la­tions

Antelope Valley Press - - Business -

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — BP Alaska agreed to pay a lit­tle more than $125,000 in fines over haz­ardous waste vi­o­la­tions on Alaska’s North Slope, of­fi­cials said.

The U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency an­nounced it reached the agree­ment with the Alaska arm of oil com­pany BP Plc last week, Alaska’s En­ergy Desk re­ported Mon­day.

BP failed to prop­erly la­bel haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als in two build­ings at Prud­hoe Bay. BP also did not have ad­e­quate in­surance to cover pos­si­ble in­juries or prop­erty dam­age from stor­ing and han­dling haz­ardous waste, the fed­eral agency said.

“They’re re­quired to have sig­nif­i­cant in­surance or at least fi­nan­cial re­sources on hand to han­dle any claims, and we dis­cov­ered dur­ing an in­spec­tion that, for sev­eral years, they had not,” said Bill Dun­bar, a spokesman for the EPA Re­gion 10 Of­fice in Seat­tle.

BP Alaska nei­ther ad­mit­ted to nor de­nied the claims in the con­sent agree­ment reached with the govern­ment.

The com­pany worked with the EPA to re­solve con­cerns over the in­surance for the Prud­hoe Bay op­er­a­tions, BP Alaska spokes­woman Me­gan Baldino said in a state­ment.

The com­pany is now in com­pli­ance with the fed­eral re­quire­ments fol­low­ing the vi­o­la­tions stem­ming from an in­spec­tion of BP’s Prud­hoe Bay fa­cil­ity in the sum­mer of 2018, Dun­bar said.

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