EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/2

Posted on 4/28/2017 by Roger Marks

Every day, facilities across the US receive Notices of Violation from US EPA for alleged noncompliance with a wide variety of programs like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, chemical management and reporting regulations (TSCA, EPCRA, CERCLA, etc.), hazardous waste management and disposal standards (RCRA), and much more.
In January 2017, EPA raised its fines for noncompliance with major environmental programs. We hope that providing information about EPA enforcement cases will help you identify and fix noncompliance issues that could leave your company facing costly penalties and future liability.

Who: A national retail chain 
What: Federal and State hazardous waste violations
Where: Kern County, CA
How much: $1.1 million

DollarGeneral_blog.jpgThe parent company for a chain of retail “dollar stores” will pay more than $1 million to resolve violations of Federal and State hazardous waste requirements. From Waste Today magazine.: “According to the report, the chain of stores is accused of routinely sending hazardous wastes, including automotive fluids, alkaline batteries, electronic waste, aerosol cans and expired over-the-counter medicines, to local landfills that were not permitted to receive them.”  

Under Federal RCRA regulations and California’s unique Title 22 hazardous waste rules, generators of hazardous waste may ship that waste only to facilities permitted to treat and/or dispose of it properly. The article goes on to say that inspectors collected evidence of violations in part by conducting covert searches of the retail stores’ garbage bins.

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Who: An oil refinery
What: Clean Air Act NSPS and NESHAPs violations
Where: Paulsboro, NJ
How much: $180,000

A consent decree lodged by the Department of Justice on April 19, 2017, orders a New Jersey oil refinery to pay $180,000 and make facility upgrades to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations.
According to DOJ and EPA, the company failed to operate three of its flares in line with accepted air pollution control practices.

The company allegedly violated Clean Air Act New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) for oil refineries, and the refinery’s Clean Air Act Title V permit.

Who: 8 gas stations
Where: NY, CT, and NH
What: RCRA Underground Storage Tank (UST) violations
How much: $490,000 in fines and injunctive relief

The owners of a chain of gas stations in the Northeast will pay a $60,000 civil penalty and spend over $400,000 to resolve noncompliance with RCRA underground storage tank (UST) regulations.

According to the DOJ’s consent decree, the company failed to install overfill protection on its USTs, failed to install and test release detection on tanks and piping, and failed to maintain adequate records. Now, the company will install a centralized monitoring system at twenty-six of its gas stations in the area. 

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