EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/18

Posted on 12/18/2023 by Lion Technology Inc.

US businesses are subject to complex, overlapping environmental regulations related to air emissions, discharges to water, hazardous waste management and disposal, oil spills, chemical management, and more. Failure to comply with all applicable US EPA requirements can result in future liability and civil penalties as high as $100,000+ per day, per violation.

The EPA Enforcement Roundup highlights enforcement actions that offer insight into how and why US EPA and state partners assess penalties for noncompliance for environmental regulations.

All violations or claims discussed below are alleged only unless we say otherwise, and we withhold the names of organizations and individuals to protect their privacy.

Your EPA Enforcement Roundup for this week:

An Oregon vape shop and wholesaler faces $32,700 in penalties for alleged hazardous waste management violations.

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality notified the company that its nicotine-containing waste is acutely hazardous and highly regulated and that the Department issued a penalty of $32,700 for alleged hazardous waste management violations at three of the company’s facilities. Because nicotine is a hazardous waste, shipping or mailing vape juice for disposal without a manifest is a violation of the RCRA hazardous waste management regulations.

The allegations include transporting hazardous waste without a manifest; failing to determine whether wastes were hazardous; storing hazardous waste for longer than allowed without a permit; and failing to prepare contingency plans.

An ice cream manufacturer cited for Clean Air Act RMP violations will conduct complete system safety audits at six facilities across the US—and pay a six-figure civil penalty. 

EPA alleges that the company failed to comply with Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for handling and storing ammonia used in refrigeration equipment. Alleged violations include missing alarms, failure to label equipment, and not following best practices for equipment installation. 

EPA also claims the ice cream maker failed to meet chemical accident prevention responsibilities, citing damaged pipe insulation, a minor leak from a valve, and failure to inspect piping. 

The company will conduct complete system safety audits at its six RMP facilities across the US as part of the settlement—all its facilities that are covered by the CAA Risk Management Program regulations. The civil penalty of $115,849 “includes a separate EPA assessment regarding a recent ammonia release” which was caused by a forklift incident.

A nationwide wellness/CBD company faces a $370,000 settlement due to alleged Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) violations.

Per the Agency, the company sold and/or distributed six antimicrobial pesticides without registering the products with EPA—a direct violation of FIFRA.

Civil penalties were assessed at $120,720 with the larger portion of the settlement requiring a donation of products valued at $250,000 be made to a local nonprofit. The company will make five donations worth $50,000 over five years which will include medical equipment like PPE, hand sanitizer, and antiseptic wipes.

Complete EPA Regulations Training at Your Own Pace

Want a clearer idea of how major EPA air, water, and chemical programs all fit together to affect your site's activities? Sign up for the Complete Environmental Regulations online course.

EH&S professionals who complete this course can identify the regulations that apply to their facility and locate key requirements to achieve compliance with the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts to EPCRA, TSCA, Superfund, and more.

Tags: Clean Air Act, EPA, EPA Enforcement Roundup, FIFRA, hazardous waste, hazardous waste management

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

Lion is easily and consistently the best option for compliance training. I've learned new information from every instructor I've had.

Rachel Mathis

EHS Specialist

I have been to other training companies, but Lion’s material is much better and easier to understand.

Mark Abell

Regional Manager

Amazing instructor; real-life examples. Lion training gets better every year!

Frank Papandrea

Environmental Manager

I can't say enough how pleased I was with this course! Everything finally makes sense.

Kim Graham

Lab Manager

The online course was well thought out and organized, with good interaction between the student and the course.

Larry Ybarra

Material Release Agent

The training was impressive. I am not a fan of online training but this was put together very well. I would recommend Lion to others.

Donnie James

Quality Manager

I like Lion's workshops the best because they really dig into the information you need to have when you leave the workshop.

Tom Bush, Jr.

EHS Manager

Lion does a great job summarizing and communicating complicated EH&S-related regulations.

Michele Irmen

Sr. Environmental Engineer

This training broke down the regulations in an easy-to-understand manner and made them less overwhelming. I now feel I have the knowledge to make more informed decisions.

Amanda Oswald

Shipping Professional

Lion is my preferred trainer for hazmat and DOT.

Jim Jani

Environmental Coordinator

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Hazardous materials shipment rejections bear a big cost. Use this guide to end operational and logistical disruptions that severely impact your bottom line.

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.