EPA: BP TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FROM NEW CONTRACTS WITH THE U.S.

(The following press release from The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was 
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November 28, 2012 
BP Temporarily Suspended from New Contracts with the Federal Government  
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced 
that it has temporarily suspended BP Exploration and Production, Inc., BP PLC 
and named affiliated companies (BP) from new contracts with the federal 
government. EPA is taking this action due to BP’s lack of business integrity as 
demonstrated by the company's conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon 
blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response, as reflected by the filing of a 
criminal information. On November 15, 2012, BP agreed to plead guilty to eleven 
counts of Misconduct or Neglect of Ship Officers, one count of Obstruction of 
Congress, one misdemeanor count of a violation of the Clean Water Act, and one 
misdemeanor count of a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, all arising 
from its conduct leading to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 
people and caused the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. 
For the Deepwater Horizon investigation, EPA was designated as the lead agency 
for suspension and debarment actions. Federal executive branch agencies take 
these actions to ensure the integrity of Federal programs by conducting 
business only with responsible individuals or companies. Suspensions are a 
standard practice when a responsibility question is raised by action in a 
criminal case. 
The BP suspension will temporarily prevent the company and the named affiliates 
from getting new federal government contracts, grants or other covered 
transactions until the company can provide sufficient evidence to EPA 
demonstrating that it meets Federal business standards. The suspension does not 
affect existing agreements BP may have with the government. 
CONTACT:
Stacy Kika
kika.stacy@epa.gov
202-564-0906
202-564-4355 
(bjh) NY
 
 
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