EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/9
Below are examples of recent EPA enforcement actions that provide insight into how and why EPA issues civil penalties to facilities for environmental noncompliance. Names of companies and individuals cited by EPA are withheld to protect their privacy.
WHO: An electric car manufacturer
An electric car manufacturer will pay a $31,000 civil penalty and spend $55,000 to equip local responders with emergency response equipment after inspections of a facility in 2017 revealed improper hazardous mast management—including failure to make accurate hazardous waste determinations, improper storage of hazardous waste and used lamps, and failure to properly close hazardous waste containers.
WHERE: Fremont, CA
WHAT: Hazardous waste noncompliance
HOW MUCH: $86,000
In addition to correcting the violations to come into compliance, the company also provided hazardous waste training for more than 1,000 paint shop workers, technicians, and supervisors, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
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WHO: An oil and asphalt storage facility
A company that stores and distributes oil products and asphalt will pay a civil penalty after testing of its heated storage tanks indicated the tanks emit Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs)—the precursor to ozone—at higher levels than their permit indicates.
WHERE: Portland, ME
WHAT: Clean Air Act emission violations
HOW MUCH: $40,000
In addition to paying the civil penalty, the company will apply for a revised air permit, adjust its procedures, and limit its inventory of products that emit the VOCs.
WHO: A sewage treatment plant owner
A West Virginia man who admitted that his organization violated permits and discharged untreated sewage into the Potomac River has pleaded guilty to two counts, one for permit violations and one for submitting falsified discharge monitoring reports.
WHERE: near Ridgeley, WV
WHAT: Clean Water Act permit and discharge violations
HOW MUCH: Up to 3 years incarceration
The man faces up to three years in jail and tens of thousands of dollars in fines for the permit count, and up to two years incarceration and a fine up to $10,000 for the illegal discharge count.
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