Gulf Oil pays $30K fine for South Portland violation

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Gulf Oil LP paid a nearly $30,000 penalty for alleged violations last summer of the company’s air emission license.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection said Gulf went over the limit for “volatile organic compounds” released by a vapor recovery unit after a test of the unit last June. According to air enforcement officials at the DEP, VOCs include any evaporation from oil being transferred at the South Portland terminal, and are considered “ozone precursors.”

The DEP also claims that Gulf took longer than 30 days to submit annual test results, as the company’s license requires.

According to a monthly enforcement report from the DEP, Gulf neither confirmed nor denied the allegations, but paid a $29,500 civil monetary penalty.