EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/10

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Lauren Scott

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.

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 Oahu municipality
WHERE: Wahiawa, HI
WHAT: Safe Drinking Water Act violations
HOW MUCH: $135,000

A municipality on Oahu has agreed to pay $135,000 to resolve allegations of illegally operating multiple large-capacity cesspools (LCCs). The land is owned by the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources and was leased to the local governing body to use as a farm, restaurant, and gift shop. EPA banned LCCs in 2005 and Hawai’i has since passed legislation to phase out all existing LCCs by 2050. 

The agreement requires the local government to close the cesspool by the end of 2020.

WHO: A seafood processing company
WHERE: Eureka, CA
WHAT: Clean Water Act violations
HOW MUCH: $74,500

One of the largest seafood companies in the country is set to pay nearly $75,000 after improperly discharging wastewater into the City of Eureka’s sewer system and Humboldt Bay’s Eureka Slough, according to EPA. The violations were discovered during a 2018 inspection with the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and Eureka’s Public Works Department.

EPA also found alleged violations at the company’s operating facility, including wastewater from the indoor shrimp processing area bypassing the facility’s pretreatment system and a lack of adequate secondary containment in the indoor bulk chemical storage area and outdoor chemical storage area.

WHO: An industrial laundry facility
WHERE: West Springfield, MA
WHAT: Clean Air Act violations
HOW MUCH: $51,700

EPA alleges that improper operations at a facility that launders business uniforms and industrial shop towels resulted in potentially hazardous emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). According to EPA, the facility also had not implemented "reasonably available control technology" (RACT) as required by State environmental officials.

As part of an agreement with EPA, the company stopped laundering print towels on June 30, 2020 and will implement best management practices for the laundering of shop towels that contain oils and grease.

Convenient, Effective Online EHS Manager Training

Managing site compliance with the many complex EPA programs that affect your business—from the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts to TSCA, EPCRA, CERLCA, and more—is a major challenge. If you’re new to the field or need an update on changing EPA rules, online training is a convenient way to quickly build in-depth expertise.

Check out the latest EPA compliance training options here:
Clean Air Act Regulations Online
TSCA Regulations Online
Clean Water Act & SDWA Regulations Online
Superfund and Right-to-Know Act Regulations Online 

Tags: CA, CAA, California news, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CWA, environmental, environmental enforcement, environmental news, EPA, EPA Enforcement, EPA Enforcement Roundup, EPA News, fines, Hawaii News, Hawai'i News, HI, MA, Massachusetts news, penalties, VOC, volatile organic compounds

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

Lion was very responsive to my initial questions and the website was user friendly.

Michael Britt

Supply Chain Director

The course was very well structured and covered the material in a clear, concise manner.

Ian Martinez

Hazmat Shipping Professional

Very well structured, comprehensive, and comparable to live training seminars I've participated in previously. I will recommend the online course to other colleagues with training requirement needs.

Neil Luciano

EHS Manager

Having the tutorial buttons for additional information was extremely beneficial.

Sharon Ziemek

EHS Manager

Lion's online training is more comprehensive, has better slides, and is a superior training experience than what I would get from other trainers.

Robert Brenner

District Environmental Manager

I have attended other training providers, but Lion is best. Lion is king of the hazmat jungle!!!

Henry Watkins

Hazardous Waste Technician

The instructor created a great learning environment.

Avinash Thummadi

CAD & Environmental Manager

The instructor was great, explaining complex topics in terms that were easily understandable and answering questions clearly and thoroughly.

Brittany Holm

Lab Supervisor

Lion courses are the standard to which all other workshops should strive for!

Brody Saleen

Registered Environmental Health Specialist

I love that the instructor emphasized the thought process behind the regs.

Rebecca Saxena

Corporate Product Stewardship Specialist

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Shipping papers are a crucial part of safely shipping hazardous materials. See the top 5 mistakes shippers make on shipping papers, and how to avoid them.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.