The oil company responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been suspended from gaining new federal contracts, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Nov. 28.
The suspension covers BP PLC and affiliated companies and has governmentwide effect. It does not affect existing contracts. The agency says it’s taking this action due to BP’s “lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company’s conduct ” with regard to the events causing the oil spill and its response. On Nov. 15, BP pled guilty to criminal charges stemming from the spill, including 11 felony counts of misconduct, one felony count of obstruction of Congress, one misdemeanor under the Clean Water Act and one misdemeanor under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Individual federal agencies have the power to suspend businesses from gaining new federal business from any agency over a host of practices including “any other cause of so serious or compelling a nature that it affects the present responsibility of a government contractor or subcontractor.”
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