Edgartown Takes Steps to Keep Harbor Pumps Open This Summer
Will Sennott
With gas pumps once again locked and in violation of environmental regulations, R.M. Packer Co. and the town of Edgartown have come to a short-term agreement.
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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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Packer Oil Hit with Charges
Julia Wells

Federal Agency Cites Packer Firm For Violations of Clean Air Act; Investigation Charges Release Of Tons of Toxic Pollutants

R.M. Packer Co., the 23-year-old gas and oil concern headquartered in Vineyard Haven, was cited by the federal Environmental Protection Agency this month for a long list of violations to the Clean Air Act.

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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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Can’t Pay for Heat, Cupboard is Bare
Mark Alan Lovewell

Troubles in the Middle East and a sour national economy are not far from the minds of Vineyarders trying to make it through this cold winter. Home heating oil and propane prices went through the roof this week.

Yesterday the retail price for home heating oil was $4.199 a gallon, up 23 cents from Tuesday when the price was $3.969.

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