ten companies fined in oil spill crackdown

Ten firms have been hit with fines after being caught flouting environmental laws on oil storage.

The companies, all based in Louisiana and operating large oil storage facilities, were inspected in May 2009.

America's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered a variety of violations including unqualified staff, lack of safety plans and containment bypass valves not closed.

Details of the fines were released this week by the EPA:

Griffin Crane and Steel Service, of Pearl River, fined $1,750.

Wilco Marsh Buggies & Draglines, of Harvey, fined $1,500.

Kajun Truck Plaza, of Golden Meadow, fined $1,500.

Kajun Sportsman, of Golden Meadow, fined $1,450.

Chef Harbor, of New Orleans, fined $1,000.

American Vacuum, of Morgan City, fined $900.

Parish Concrete, of Mandeville, fined $900.

C&M Bayou Fuel Dock, of Lafitte fined $850.

Ocean Marine Contractors, of Morgan City, fined $800.

Professional Construction Services, of New Orleans, fined $700.

As part of the fine the companies have provided proof to the EPA that all deficiencies have been corrected.

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