The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Denver
against an Oklahoma trucking company for spilling fuel and asphalt on separate
occasions into Colorado streams. Both spills occurred when tanker trucks overturned
as the result of traffic accidents.
The EPA is seeking more
than $225,000 in penalties from Groendyke Transport Inc. of Enid for violating
the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act, according to The Oklahoman
newspaper. The penalties could amount to as much as $1 million if the spills
were the result of gross negligence.
The first spill allegedly
discharged about 8,700 gallons of gasoline into the South Platte River in
Denver. The second spill allegedly discharged 119 barrels of hot asphalt into
a creek that serves as a water supply for nearby Golden, CO.