EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/24

Posted on 8/24/2021 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: A bulk silicon manufacturer
WHERE: Waterford, NY
WHAT: RCRA, Clean Water Act, and Clean Air Act violations
HOW MUCH: $2.3 million

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) recently announced a multi-million-dollar consent order to resolve various alleged violations extending back to 2007. In addition to enforcement penalties, this consent order also includes $1 million for an Environmental Benefit Project (EBP) to benefit the Waterford and Halfmoon communities.

As part of the settlement, the company agreed to implement operational and compliance upgrades, enabling NYSDEC to keep a close watch as the facility undergoes transition to a specialty silicon manufacturing facility. Upgrades include decommissioning of its two on-site chemical incinerators and elimination of two long-term hazardous waste storage areas.

WHO: A shipping and logistics company
WHERE: Lake Ontario, NY
WHAT: Clean Water Act violations
HOW MUCH: $500,000

A Canadian shipping services provider was fined half a million dollars after allegedly dumping wastewater into Lake Ontario. Between May 5 and June 6, 2017, a ship allegedly made several unauthorized discharges of oily, unprocessed bilge water as it was being delivered to the Canadian company.

Although the company itself was not responsible for all alleged discharges, the company had failed to notify the ship’s 3rd officer and the captain before personnel emptied bilge water from the wash water tank into Lake Ontario once the company obtained control of the ship.

WHO: Two marine construction firms
WHERE: Ipswich Bay, MA
WHAT: Clean Water Act violations
HOW MUCH: $42,000

EPA reached a joint settlement with two New England marine construction companies after four alleged unauthorized discharges just outside of Gloucester Harbor and in Ipswich Bay, Massachusetts. This amounted to approximately 939 cubic yards of unauthorized dredged material discharges.

According to EPA, one company subcontracted the other to dredge, transport, and dispose of dredged material to authorized disposal sites in the area. However, the subcontracted company allegedly discharged the material before reaching the disposal sites.

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:
Complete Environmental Regulations
Clean Air Act Regulations Online
TSCA Regulations Online
Clean Water Act & SDWA Regulations Online
Superfund and Right-to-Know Act Regulations Online 


Tags: Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, environmental compliance, EPA Enforcement Roundup, fines, hazardous waste management, penalties, RCRA

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

My experience with Lion classes has always been good. Lion Technology always covers the EPA requirements I must follow.

Steven Erlandson

Environmental Coordinator

The workshop covered a lot of information without being too overwhelming. Lion is much better, more comprehensive than other training providers.

George Alva

Manufacturing Manager

The instructor was very engaging and helped less experienced people understand the concepts.

Steve Gall

Safety Leader

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

Michael Britt

Supply Chain Director

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

Henry Watkins

Hazardous Waste Technician

Best course instructor I've ever had. Funny, relatable, engaging; made it interesting and challenged us as the professionals we are.

Amanda Schwartz

Environmental Coordinator

Lion's training was by far the best online RCRA training I've ever taken. It was challenging and the layout was great!

Paul Harbison

Hazardous Waste Professional

Course instructor was better prepared and presented better than other trainers. Course manual and references were easier to use as well.

Marty Brownfield

Hazardous Waste Professional

Energetic/enthusiastic! Made training enjoyable, understandable and fun!

Amanda Walsh

Hazardous Waste Professional

Our instructor was very dynamic and kept everyone's interest. Hazmat shipping can be a dry, complicated topic but I was engaged the entire time.

Kimberly Arnao

Senior Director of EH&S

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Use this guide as a quick reference to the most common HAZWOPER questions, and get course recommendations for managers and personnel who are in need of OSHA-required HAZWOPER training.

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.