Who's in it: DDLC Energy of New London and Taylor Energy of the Broad Brook section of East Windsor.
For What: Allegedly failing to establish and follow "spill prevention, control and countermeasure" plans as required by law.
Penalty: Up to $157,500 proposed for each company. Companies must also take steps to comply with requirements.
Companies' explanation: Bill Weber, director of capital investments for DDLC Energy, said the company was accused of lacking "secondary containment" for potential oil spills at its New London facility. Although it denies the allegation, Weber said, the company installed additional secondary containment and has hired an engineering firm to study its spill prevention plans. "We decided to take a positive and good offensive position with [the EPA] and not to fight them," he said. "There is no threat to the environment or the community."
Taylor Energy could not be reached for comment.
Status: The companies will have the choice of contesting the EPA's allegations before a judge or settling the fines.
— Courant Staff Report