Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)
Santa Barbara Channel PCB Release
Exxon Mobil agreed to pay $2.64 million to settle allegations of violating the federal Toxic Substances Control Act by improperly handling and disposing of polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Santa Barbara Channel, off the coast of southern California. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, between 2002 and 2005, two large electrical transformers located on the platform, part of Exxon’s Santa Ynez Unit, leaked nearly 400 gallons of PCB-contaminated fluid, and Exxon allowed one of the transformers to leak for almost two years before repairing it. Additionally, the EPA alleged Exxon failed to ensure that workers who cleaned up the leaked fluid were provided protective clothing or equipment.
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