The Jackson County School System plans to fight a demand by the Environmental Protection Agency that the system pay part of the cost to clean up Sikes Oil.
“We received a letter demanding reimbursement of costs expended by the United States government at the site,” superintendent Shannon Adams said. “I plan to argue that as a public school system, we should be exempt from any liability in the entire situation.”
Sikes Oil Service was a former used oil processor that ceased operation in June 2005 after an explosion at the site. From June to September 2006, the EPA carried on an extensive effort to clean the site.
The total response costs incurred at the site by the EPA through May 18 is $780,016, according to Adams.
“There were 68 entities identified as ‘PRP’s’ or Partially Responsible Parties who, according to EPA, share the liability for what took place at the site and are therefore responsible for sharing in the cost of the clean-up,” Adams added. “One PRP has already contributed $133,897, reducing the total outstanding response costs to $646,118.
A meeting will be held at the EPA headquarters on Friday to determine how the remainder of the expenses are to be divided among the other PRP’s.
“We were identified as a PRP because we contracted with Sikes Oil Service over a three-year period of time to dispose of some of our used motor oil,” Adams said. “The volume we contributed in those three years was 1,295 gallons or 12-one hundredths of one percent of the total.”
Wait a minute how could the school system be responsible? Is it because they contracted with Sikes to pick up their used oil? That is stupid because the school system had no ideal of what was being done with the oil. That's like if you pay a garbage pick up service to haul your trash to the dump. That's what you pay them for if they go dump it on a dirt road or in a river that's on them.