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EPA fines Idaho Falls company for water violations

Federal environmental regulators say an Idaho Falls oil company has agreed to pay $15,000 in fines for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the penalty Monday for John C. Berry & Sons Inc. The company operates a storage and distribution facility that is located about 800 feet from the Snake River.

The alleged violations emerged during a 2009 inspection.

EPA inspectors say they identified several violations, including the company’s failure to prepare an adequate spill prevention plan and inadequate secondary containment structures.

EPA official Kimberly Ogle says the Clean Water Act requires companies to show they have a solid plan in place to deal with spills.

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