DEQ reaches $5.4 million settlement agreement with Sinclair

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The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has formally reached a nearly $5.4 million settlement agreement with Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company over violations related to hazardous waste management and carryover of oil and associated wastes from the refinery’s waste water system to its evaporation ponds.
In late April of 2010, DEQ was notified of an ongoing release of oil and associated wastes to one of refinery’s evaporation ponds. Migratory birds were impacted due to the release of oil and associated wastes.
According to Charles Plymale, project manager for enforcement and compliance for the Solid and Hazardous Division of DEQ, the settlement includes an $850,000 penalty payment and an additional $4,500,000 commitment from Sinclair for environmental projects to upgrade equipment and to conduct waste minimization activities at its refinery in Sinclair, Wyoming, and to provide wildlife rehabilitation training.
“The department continues to make every effort to minimize future violations and environmental impacts from inadequate treatment of refinery wastes and we hope this settlement gets us closer to preventing similar incidents”, said Plymale.

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