U.S Oil & Refining fined $28,500 for Tacoma spill

  • Sat Jun 23rd, 2012 3:07pm
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Associated Press

OLYMPIA — U.S. Oil &Refining Co. has been fined $28,500 by the state Department of Ecology for a diesel fuel spill on Tacoma’s Blair Waterway in 2010.

Ecology announced the fine Friday. The 75-gallon spill happened while the Tacoma-based refinery was testing a new 8-inch pipeline located between two of its fueling docks along the waterway on Nov. 30, 2010.

U.S. Oil must pay the penalty within 30 days or can appeal it. Separately, it also paid $1,500 to the state for the environmental harm caused by the spill, including damages to water quality and fish and wildlife habitat. That money will be used to fund restoration projects in the area where the spill occurred. The state is also seeking an additional $8,600 for costs associated with responding to the spill.