WICHITA, Kan. (AP) The Justice Department is suing to recover more than $1.8 million from a Coffeyville refinery for unpaid cleanup costs stemming from a 2007 oil spill into floodwaters of the Verdigris River.
A civil complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court also seeks a court order forcing Coffeyville Resources Refining Marketing to comply with environmental regulations to prevent further discharges. It also is asking for civil penalties for violations.
Company spokesman Steve Eames says the company is aware of the lawsuit but has not been served yet with it. He says the company is working diligently to clean up any remaining issues.
The government contends an injunction would lessen what it calls an imminent and substantial threat to public health.