Boeing, the plane maker, has been fined more than $100,000 for spilling about 30 gallons of jet fuel into the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle, US, in 2010.
The Washington Department of Ecology fined the company $102,000 for the spill, which happened on 28 May 2010 at the Boeing fuel terminal in south Seattle, which is situated next to the waterway.
The leak was discovered by a terminal operator making a delivery to an aboveground storage tank at the terminal and by this time the spill had not yet made it into the waterway. However, by Tuesday morning, the storm water vault that was containing the spill on the property leaked the petrochemical into the water.
The Coast Guard organised a contractor to clean up the oil but by this stage the oil had spread on top of the water and the film of oil was too thin to be easily collected.
As well as the fine, the ecology department charged Boeing $5,500 for the cost of the clean up and for the following investigation to discover where the oil came from.
Commenting on the incident, Mary Armstrong, Boeing vice president of environment, health and safety, says: ‘Once we discovered the spill, Boeing worked with the U.S. Coast Guard, EPA, Ecology and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to contain and clean up the fuel. We fully restored the shoreline by excavating the contaminated sediment and soil, and replaced it with clean sand. We removed more than 30 creosote-coated pilings and additional riprap, and created an intertidal habitat that looks like a natural shoreline. To ensure that this type of spill won’t happen again, Boeing launched a special effort to strengthen reporting procedures and safeguards at all of our fuel tank locations throughout the company.’