Sunoco Pays $85,000 For Spills In Four Pennsylvania Counties
Pennsylvania’s environmental regulator is levying an $85,666 penalty against Sunoco for issues with its Mariner East project in four counties last year.
The spills released a total of 412 gallons of industrial waste into wetlands and streams between February and August 2020. The sites include a wetland in Blair County, Letort Spring Run and wetlands in Cumberland County, a wetland and Tuscarora Creek in Juniata County, and Snitz Creek in Lebanon County.
DEP says all the spills were cleaned up in line with a 2018 revised construction plan.
Most of the penalty money, $84,500, will go to the state’s Clean Water Fund.
The Fish and Boat Commission will get $12,424. County conservation districts that helped with the investigations will get $1,166.
Sunoco has already paid half a million dollars in fines for spills in Lebanon County last year. Snitz Creek has seen dozens of problems since the Mariner East II project started.
Sunoco did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
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