EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/10
EPA raised its maximum civil penalties in 2016, making it more critical than ever that EHS professionals understand how these complex regulatory programs affect their facilities. We hope providing information about EPA enforcement cases will help you identify and fix noncompliance issues that could leave your company facing down costly penalties and future liability.
Who: Golf club owners/operators
To settle allegations that they improperly filled wetlands and waterways at their Morgantown, WV golf club, the owners and operators of the club will pay $1.8 million to be split between US EPA and the state of West Virginia.
Where: Morgantown, WV
What: Clean Water Act violations
How Much: $1,800,000
To fill or alter waterways in compliance with the EPA’s Clean Water Act, individuals must first obtain a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. According to EPA’s press release, the owners of the golf club failed to do so, resulting in the seven-figure civil penalty. In addition to the $1.8 million penalty, the golf club will complete additional mitigation work on or near its property.
Who: A US oil company
In a settlement reached with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, a US oil company will pay $275,000 to help “restore, rehabilitate, replace, and/or acquire the equivalent of the natural resources injured” at the Sinclair Refinery Superfund site in Allegany County, NY.
Where: Allegany County, NY
What: CERCLA, Oil Pollution Act, the Clean Water Act and more
How Much: $275,000
Notice of the settlement, which resolves claims under CERCLA, the Oil Pollution Act, the Clean Water Act, and applicable New York State law, appeared in the Federal Register on January 11.
In 2008, the same company paid $187 million to close litigation over Superfund sites in Montana.
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