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Janet Reno on Energy & Oil

Former Attorney General; Democratic Challenger FL Governor


$30M penalty for oil spills against Koch Industries

Koch Industries, Inc. will pay the largest civil fine ever imposed on a company under any federal environmental law to resolve claims related to more than 300 oil spills from its pipelines and oil facilities in six states, the Justice Department and the EPA announced. A settlement filed today requires Koch to pay a $30 million civil penalty, improve its leak-prevention programs, and spend $5 million on environmental projects.

"This record civil penalty will put those who transport hazardous materials on notice--you cannot endanger public health or the environment," said Attorney General Janet Reno. "We will not let you foul our water and spoil our land by breaking the law."

Koch must pay $15 million of the $30 million penalty into the federal government's Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, created in 1990 following the Exxon Valdez incident in Alaska. The fund helps pay for damages, cleanup costs and some operation expenses related to oil spills.

Source: US Department of Justice press release , Jan 13, 2000

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