The Environmental Protection Agency has fined The Bonds Co., Magnolia, Ark., for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure regulations at three of its oil production facilities.

The oil production facilities’ fines totaled $6,000, stemming from federal inspections that found multiple violations, including:
  • Personnel working at two of the facilities with no training on discharge procedure protocols, and no training on applicable pollution control laws, rules and regulations.
  • Training records that were not maintained for three years as required by federal law.
  • Records unavailable for review.
  • Size of secondary containment appeared to be inadequate.
The third oil production facility was found to have no contingency plan, inspection records unavailable for review and secondary containment that appeared to be inadequate.

As part of an expedited settlement with the EPA, Bonds has provided certification that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.

According to the EPA, a spill of only one gallon of oil can contaminate one million gallons of water.