Company Pays $30,000 Fine For Oil Spill
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ Arco Marine, Inc. on Tuesday paid the state $30,000 in civil penalties levied from a major oil spill in Port Angeles Harbor when a tanker ran aground in December.
″This was the largest oil spill the state has ever had, so I think it was appropriate for Arco to pay the maximum penalty,″ said Ecology Director Andrea Beatty Riniker.
Still to be determined is the amount Arco will be billed for environmental damage, and the department has not finished its investigation into damage to fish, shellfish, birds and the habitat, Ms. Riniker said.
Arco has spent about $12 million to clean up the harbor and beaches.
About 239,000 gallons of Alaskan crude oil were released into the harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca when the tanker ARCO Anchorage ran aground and two cargo tanks were punctured.
Ms. Riniker said her department levied the maximum penalty allowed under state law against Arco and Raymond Leson of Woodinville, the tanker’s pilot.
Another $20,000 was levied for negligently discharging oil or permitting an oil spill.
Leson has until Monday to pay his $30,000 penalty or appeal his case to the State Pollution Control Hearings Board.