EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/10

Posted on 6/10/2024 by Lion Technology Inc.

The EPA Enforcement Roundup gives you insight into how and why US EPA and state partners assess penalties for environmental noncompliance. 

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:

A Minnesota iron foundry agrees to convert its facility and pay $80,000 in EPA settlement.

To resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations, the company agreed to shut down its furnace and casting processes and convert its Minneapolis, Minnesota facility to a metal finishing facility.

Per EPA, the facility failed to comply with rules related to pollution control equipment operation, the maintenance of required records, particulate matter emission limits for industrial process equipment, and airborne particulate matter.

A pesticide dealer operating in Paris, Missouri faces penalty for alleged FIFRA noncompliance.

The company will pay a civil penalty of $74,806 to resolve the allegations. The Agency claims the dealer failed to obtain a registration number from EPA for its Paris branch, as required by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, and had repackaged pesticides from bulk containers into customer-provided containers without required repackaging agreements from the pesticide manufacturers.

A metal finishing company allegedly failed to comply with Clean Air Act requirements applicable to electroplating operations.

The company agreed to pay $139,505 in a settlement with EPA. During inspections, the Agency found the facility failed to:

  • Install covers on its nickel-plating tanks.
  • Implement good housekeeping practices that reduce emissions.
  • Keep records of fume suppressant chemical additions to electroplating tanks.
  • Measure the amount of electricity used by individual electroplating tanks.

Electroplating is a metal finishing process that strengthens metals, but can produce hazardous air pollutants like cadmium, lead, manganese, and nickel if the site is out of compliance.

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