HAMPDEN — Maine officials are poised to announce the biggest fine levied by state environmental regulators in 20 years.

Gov. Paul LePage and Attorney General William Schneider say the six-figure settlement to be announced Friday will be the second-biggest to be imposed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The Bangor Daily News identifies the subject of the fine as Chevron.

The settlement is in addition to the multimillion-dollar cleanup at the former Chevron facility in Hampden. Officials say more than 140,000 gallons of oil was discharged over several decades at the site.

Samantha Depoy-Warren of the DEP says the department’s largest environmental settlement was just under $1 million, paid in 1991 by International Paper for air and water violations.

 


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