Environment & Science

2 California firms to improve oil spill prevention plans

Local residents stand on oil covered rocks and sand at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, May 19, 2015.  An oil pipeline ruptured dumping oil into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, California, the US Coast Guard said. The spill was estimated at 21,000 gallons (80,000 liters) of oil, local media reported. AFP PHOTO/ ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Local residents stand on oil covered rocks and sand at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, May 19, 2015. An oil pipeline ruptured dumping oil into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, California, the US Coast Guard said. The spill was estimated at 21,000 gallons (80,000 liters) of oil, local media reported. AFP PHOTO/ ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Two California firms will pay penalties and upgrade their oil spill prevention plans as part of a settlement with federal officials under the Clean Water Act.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that Safety-Kleen Systems and Cargill Corporation each failed to provide adequate oil containment, among other violations of federal rules.

Each firm stores large amounts of oil at their facilities.

Safety-Kleen, a waste oil recycler based in Newark, will pay $90,000. Cargill, which operates a vegetable oil terminal and packaging facility in Fullerton, was fined $135,000.