EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/10
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For allegedly shipping waste oil containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) without a Hazardous Waste Manifest, two entities—a Connecticut city and a waste hauler—will pay fines to US EPA.
WHO: A Connecticut city and a waste hauler
WHERE: Ansonia and New Haven, CT
WHAT: Hazardous waste shipping and TSCA violations
HOW MUCH: $19,125 and $32,397 respectively
The “un-manifested” PCB-containing oil was added to other used oil, cross-contaminating 4,500 gallons in total and rendering all of the oil unrecyclable. Under TSCA, wastes that contain PCBs must be managed and disposed of according to specific rules. For the alleged violations, the city will pay $19,125 and the waste hauler will pay $32,397.
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WHO: A steel manufacturer
Following a spill at its manufacturing facility in April 2017, a steel producer will reimburse Federal and State agencies for response costs and damages incurred and pay a six-figure civil penalty.
WHERE: Portage, IN
WHAT: Clean Water Act and EPCRA violations
HOW MUCH: $600,000 + response costs and damages
According to a Consent Decree lodged by the US Department of Justice last week, the April 2017 spill released chromium into the environment and caused four beaches and one public water drinking intake to close. Subsequently, EPA conducted inspections that uncovered noncompliance with NPDES permit requirements and failure to properly report the release as required under EPCRA.
EPA alleges that a specialty products manufacturer made major modifications to five kilns at its Woodville, Ohio facility. Under the Clean Air Act, building new sources of air pollution and modifying existing sources in certain ways require a permit. In addition, facility operators must install technologies to limit air pollution when a source is built or modified.
WHO: A specialty chemical producer
WHERE: Woodville, OH
WHAT: Clean Air Act violations
HOW MUCH: $800,000
In addition to the permitting violations, the facility operated the newly-modified kilns in violation of NESHAP limits and Ohio’s Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan.
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