The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Murphy Oil, USA, Inc. (“Murphy”) announced on July 7, 2019, that they have issued a decree to address alleged violations of certain federal regulations implementing Section 112(r). We have entered into an expedited settlement agreement (“ESA”). (7) Clean Air Act. See docket number CAA-04-2022-0202(b).
The ESA covers a facility located in Anniston, Alabama (the “Facility”).
The EPA is said to have conducted a compliance surveillance inspection at the facility on Sept. 30, 2021. Based on the inspection, ESA has determined that Murphy violated Clean Air Act Section 112(r)(7), Chemical Accident Prevention Regulations.
The alleged violations are said to include Murphy’s failure to provide evidence of:
It has documented that the equipment complies with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices as required by 40 CFR § 68.65(d)(2).
- There was inconsistent piping labeling throughout the plant, inconsistent with section 3.1 of ASME A 13.1-2015.
- No site-specific documentation specifying the mode of fire protection, as required by Section 220.127.116.11 of NFPA 58 (2014), and documented evidence that the facility has conducted a comprehensive product control system assessment. There was no
A pre-startup safety review (PSSR) conducted prior to the initial start-up of the butane storage and mixing system in September 2017 ensured that the structure and equipment complied with design specifications prior to the introduction of controlled substances into the process. Confirmed. Mandated by 40 CFR § 68.77(b)(1), many action items in the PSSR have not been completed.When
Conducted prior to the initial start-up of the butane storage and mixing system in September 2017, the PSSR ensures that safety, operational, maintenance, and emergency procedures are in place prior to the introduction of controlled substances into the process, if necessary. I have verified that it is being done properly. Due to 40 CFR § 68.77(b)(2), many action items in the PSSR have not been completed.
ESA will impose a civil penalty of $1,680.
A copy of the ESA can be downloaded here.