EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/21
The EPA enforcement actions highlighted below provide insight into how and why the Agency assesses civil penalties for environmental noncompliance. All violations mentioned are alleged unless we indicate otherwise.
We withhold the names of organizations and individuals subject to enforcement to protect their privacy.
WHO: An industrial airport
An Idaho municipality reached an agreement with EPA over alleged violations of the Industrial Stormwater General Permit at its industrial airport. Violations include failure to conduct quarterly inspections, failure to minimize erosion, failure to implement control measures to minimize exposure of fueling operation to precipitation, and an incomplete Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). The city agreed to modify the facility to correct the violations and agreed to update its SWPPP.
WHERE: Caldwell, ID
WHAT: Clean Water Act violations
HOW MUCH: $15,000
Under the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), companies must control pollutants entering the water in runoff from streets, parking lots, rooftops, and other surfaces at industrial and construction sites. The water that runs off these surfaces may pick up sediment, debris, chemicals, or other hazardous pollutants before it reaches the waters of the United States.
WHO: A telecommunications manufacturer
After a facility inspection on June 20, 2019, EPA identified alleged TSCA violations at the tech company facility. According to EPA, the company exported a carbon nanomaterial substance in one instance without prior notification to EPA, as required by TSCA. Once notified of the alleged violation, the company submitted the export notification and has paid the civil penalty.
WHERE: Jessup, MD
WHAT: TSCA violations
HOW MUCH: $8,277
Information on EPA’s Notice of Export rule requirements can be found at 40 CFR 707, Subpart D.
WHO: A construction company
EPA recently issued a civil penalty to a developer for allegedly failing to adequately control erosion at a construction site. All construction sites one acre or larger, with the potential to discharge stormwater to surface waters, are required to obtain coverage under EPA's General Permit for Discharges from Construction Activities, comply with the terms of the permit, and thereby minimize sediment discharges.
WHERE: Holden, MA
WHAT: Clean Water Act violations
HOW MUCH: $10,500
Dirt, sediment, and other pollutants carried off construction sites can damage aquatic habitat, contribute to harmful algal blooms, and physically clog streams and pipes. Operators of new construction sites must apply for permit coverage prior to initiating land-disturbing activity.
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