R.M. Packer Ordered to Pay Hefty Fines for Environmental Violations
Will Sennott and Julia Wells
Two waterfront Vineyard Haven companies owned by Ralph M. Packer have been ordered by a federal judge to pay $1.3 million in fines.
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R.M. Packer Co. Fined for Pollution
Julia Wells

R.M. Packer Co. Fined for Pollution

By JULIA WELLS

The Environmental Protection Agency announced this week that it has reached an agreement with R.M. Packer Co. for fines and compliance after the company violated the Clean Air Act by releasing literally tons of harmful pollutants into the air, both in Vineyard Haven and in New Bedford.

The Packer company will now spend $300,000 to install emissions control equipment at its Vineyard Haven terminal, and the company will pay a penalty of $200,000 to the EPA over the next three years.

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Federal Environmental Agency Fines R.M. Packer Company
James Kinsella

R.M. Packer Co. of Vineyard Haven, the Vineyard’s major oil supplier, has agreed to pay a $78,000 fine for violating the federal Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Prevention rules.

According to a release from the federal Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, the Packer company failed to adequately implement a spill prevention, control and countermeasure plan. The EPA also said the company did not sufficiently maintain proper containment for its tanks and loading rack.

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