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Spill site near Letcher, South Dakota prior to cleanup
An oil spill site near Letcher, S.D. prior to cleanup.

NorthWestern Energy works hard to anticipate, prepare for and avoid occasional spills or an unpermitted release to the environment. To help prevent and prepare for oil spills, we have plans that address the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules for facilities where we have equipment filled with more than 1,320 gallons of oil in locations near navigable waters. These plans identify the operating procedures to prevent spills, secondary containment requirements and countermeasures to contain, cleanup and mitigate the effects of an oil spill. Our environmental staff reviews the plans regularly to ensure they are up to date and compliant with the regulations and conduct routine facility inspections. We also provide response training for our employees to ensure they are prepared to execute specific measures.
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