EPA PROPOSES ENVIRONMENTAL FINES

The Environmental Protection Agency, using new penalty authority, has proposed fines for several U.S. oil companies for alleged violations of environmental rules. The 1990 Clean Air Act amendments permit EPA to levy administrative penalties of less than $200,000 for violations less than 1 year old. Most of the oil related cases allege companies failed to meet new EPA rules requiring installation and certification of continuous emissions monitoring equipment to measure sulfur dioxide or hydrogen

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