EPA fines Magellan $5.3 Million

Magellan Midstream Partners LP agreed to pay $5.3 million in civil penalties to the Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.

The violations occurred in 11 spills in six states in which Magellan spilled or discharged more than 17,000 barrels of unleaded gasoline, diesel fuel, low-sulfur diesel or fuel oil from March 1999 to May 2006, an EPA release said.

Six spills occurred in Kansas, according to the complaint, others occurred in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Arkansas and South Dakota.

According to the release, Magellan will set up programs to minimize damage to its pipeline system and improve employee training, leak-response procedure and protocols for detecting and responding to leaks. Magellan will also spend $750,000 to remove or minimize external threats along selected segments of pipeline, according to the release.

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