EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 7/10
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For failure to maintain a certified oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC Plan) and failure to implement a Facility Response Plan (FRP), a fuel storage terminal in Guam will pay a six-figure civil penalty.
WHO: A fuel terminal
WHERE: Guam International Airport
WHAT: SPCC Plan and Facility Response Plan (FRP) violations
HOW MUCH: $150,000
Facilities that store large volumes of oil are required to create, certify, and maintain a plan to prevent and control releases of oil to the “Waters of the United States.” This fuel terminal, located at Guam International Airport, is home to aboveground oil storage tanks with a maximum oil storage capacity of more than one million gallons, well above the volume that requires an SPCC Plan.
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A farm supplier will pay an $850,000 penalty and make $400,000 worth of improvements to better address releases of anhydrous ammonia. According to US EPA and the Department of Justice, the company pled guilty to criminal violations of the Clean Air Act in 2007, after an ammonia release hospitalized at least one worker. At that time, the company pledged to comply with safety storage and handling requirements for anhydrous ammonia.
WHO: A farm supply cooperative
WHAT: Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan (RMP) violations
HOW MUCH: $1.5 million
Inspections performed years later show continuing violations of the Risk Management Program: failure to properly maintain equipment, failure to conduct hazard reviews and assess hazards, failure to develop and implement a safe operating procedure, and failure to report accidental chemical releases as required by the Clean Air Act.
WHO: A sand and gravel company
A Massachusetts sand and gravel company site that operates stone crushing equipment and engines has violated its Clean Air Act emissions limits under the New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) programs. In a press release, EPA announced that the company will pay $93,500 for emission violations, will reduce emissions, and has retrofitted equipment to come into compliance.
WHERE: Amherst, MA
WHAT: Clean Air Act emissions violations
HOW MUCH: $93,000
Having a plan to prevent and control oil spills is not only a smart management practice—it’s also required by law. If your facility stores or uses large volumes of oil, you must know how EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) requirements impact your facility to prevent releases and costly fines from US EPA.
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· Who needs an SPCC Plan
· Types of oil covered by SPCC
· Key exemptions and exclusions you may qualify for
· Oil storage and containment requirements
· SPCC oil discharge reporting
· Certification or self-certification requirements
· Facility Response Plans (FRP)
· Employee training requirements
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