Contact: Walker Smith, 651-757-2738
Lubrication Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $61,680 to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for violations related to operating and maintaining storage tanks and piping at its Roseville facility. An MPCA inspection at the company, a distributor of lubricants and other petroleum products, revealed a number of violations including three oil spills that had not been properly cleaned up. In addition to the penalty, Lubrication Technologies is taking corrective actions for all violations.
Businesses that store or sell petroleum products or other chemicals are required to follow specific rules, inspection schedules, and operating practices to ensure tanks and piping do not corrode or leak. When a leak occurs, the tank owner must ensure it is adequately contained. The MPCA found 10 separate instances where Lubrication Technologies did not follow the practices listed in its aboveground storage tank permit.
Some sections of the company’s underground piping are required to be cleaned, capped off, or otherwise properly closed when no longer in use. MPCA inspectors found that proper procedures were not followed in at least two instances.
The MPCA inspector also noted that company personnel had failed to replace a broken hose, and it had leaked oil into the soil in several places.
When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously the violations affected the environment, whether they were first-time or repeat violations, and how promptly the violations were reported to authorities. The agency also attempts to recover the calculated economic benefit the company gained by failing to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner.