EPA Takes Tough Stand with Suspension of New BP Contracts

"Recklessly damaging America’s natural resources will be met with harsh penalties"

11-28-2012 // Miles Grant
Oil burning in Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today its temporary suspension of BP from new contracts with the federal government, citing “BP’s lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company's conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response.”

John Kostyack, vice president for wildlife conservation of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:

“The federal government should throw the book at BP for its criminal and negligent actions, using the full weight of the criminal and civil laws.  Today’s decision helps to send a loud and clear message: Recklessly damaging America’s natural resources will be met with harsh penalties. The Environmental Protection Agency’s move is a tough accountability measure designed to deter oil companies from cutting corners on safety and putting profits ahead of people, like BP did in the Gulf oil disaster.

“But like the $4 billion criminal settlement announced by the Justice Department earlier this month, this is just one milepost toward the massive restoration needed for the Gulf’s ecosystems and the people and communities that depend on them. BP and other parties responsible for the Gulf oil disaster must be held fully accountable through the civil provisions of the Oil Pollution Act, the Clean Water Act and other laws.”

Learn more about the National Wildlife Federation’s Gulf oil disaster response at NWF.org/OilSpill

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