EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/1
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.
In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, a chemical manufacturer, a petroleum distributor, and a Long Island property owner will pay for alleged violations of EPA air, water, and emergency preparedness regulations and to reimburse US EPA for hazardous substance cleanup.
WHO: Commercial chemical manufacturer, blender, and distributor
WHERE: Kansas City, KS
WHAT: Alleged Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan (RMP) violations
HOW MUCH: $950,000
According to a July 31 Consent Decree, a commercial chemical distributor will pay for allegedly failing to adequately assess and plan for possible emergency chemical releases as required under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (40 CFR Part 68). Violations at the company’s chemical sites, which the company self-reported to EPA, included failure to develop and or comply with a Risk Management Plan.
In addition to paying a $950,000 penalty to settle the allegations, the company will install foam sprinkler systems at eight facilities and perform audits at 28 sites to ensure each is in compliance with the Clean Air Act RMP requirements.
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WHO: A petroleum distributor
WHERE: Eugene, OR
WHAT: Clean water and oil spill regulations
HOW MUCH: At least $123,000, including cleanup costs
A petroleum distributor will pay about $23,000 in fines to resolve allegations of US EPA and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) water and oil spill regulations stemming from a 900-gallon spill of red dyed diesel from an aboveground storage tank in February 2016.
In addition to the civil penalties paid to EPA and the DEQ, the company spent $100,000 to remove nearly 3,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil from the site. Plus, the company paid a cleanup crew of up to 20 personnel to perform cleanup work for one month.
Read more here.
WHO: A property owner
WHERE: Long Island, NY
WHAT: CERCLA hazardous substance cleanup costs
HOW MUCH: $261,000
To reimburse US EPA for its costs to cleanup the Computer Circuits Superfund Site at 145 Marcus Blvd in Happauge, Suffolk County, New York, a property owner will pay EPA $261,000.
From 1969 to 1977, the company leasing the property manufactured circuit boards in a 21,600 square foot, one-story building on two acres of land in an industrial park. As part of their operation, the company discharged waste liquids to cesspools on the property. The air, ground water, and soil at the site was later found to contain methylene chloride, tetrachloroethene, and trichloroethene. The site was placed on EPA’s National Priorities List in May 1999 and is now in the Final Stage of cleanup.
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