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Starrett pays EPA penalty

ATHOL — Precision toolmaker L.S. Starrett is one of seven New England companies that have agreed to pay fines to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal laws meant to prevent oil spills.

Starrett paid a $5,400 penalty to settle EPA claims that it did not have a spill prevention plan. The company has now prepared and implemented a spill prevention plan.

All seven companies, which store or distribute oil, have all created or updated spill prevention plans and come into compliance with federal oil pollution prevention laws, the EPA said in a statement Thursday, ensuring that the local environment in the communities in which they operate are better protected from the potential of a damaging oil spill.

The penalties ranged from $3,000 to $9,500 to settle EPA claims.

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