EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/14
For the second time in six months, EPA in January raised its fines for noncompliance with major environmental programs. We hope that providing information about EPA enforcement cases will help you identify and fix noncompliance issues that could leave your company facing costly penalties and future liability.
Who: A specialty chemical firm
For alleged failure to submit TSCA chemical inventory information for 17 chemicals before the 2012 submission deadline, a global specialty chemical business with facilities in Pasadena, TX will pay $350,000 to US EPA.
Where: Pasadena, TX
What: Failure to submit TSCA Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) data
How much: $350,000
Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), chemical manufacturers and importers are required to submit certain chemical production, processing, and use data to EPA once every four years using the e-CDR online web reporting tool. The TSCA reporting rules have become more robust since 2012, with EPA now requiring chemical manufacturers and importers to submit a broader range of data than ever before.
Questions about TSCA reporting? The TSCA Regulations Online Course guides you through the critical element of this EPA chemical program, including what to report and keep on file to maintain compliance and avoid EPA fines.
During an unannounced compliance inspection, US EPA identified a number of Clean Air Act emissions violations at an Illinois candy facility. Specifically, EPA cited the facility for failure to properly operate a catalytic oxidizer to control emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). According to EPA, the facility failed to adequately monitor the temperature of the oxidizer during operations—which led to excess emissions.
Who: A candy company
Where: Forest Park, IL
What: Failure to comply with Clean Air Act NAAQS requirements
How Much: $158,500
In addition to paying a six-figure civil penalty, the company will install a new digital temperature monitor on the oxidizer and improve record keeping practices.
Who: A horse racetrack
This violation took place at a racetrack in New York, but EPA wasn’t there to place bets. Because the racetrack takes care of many horses, the facility is a concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, under the Clean Water Act.
Where: Ozone Park, NY
What: Clean Water Act NPDES permit violations
How much: $150,000
Certain CAFO’s must comply with US EPA’s regulations for discharge of pollutants to waterways. Find out more about animal feeding operations at EPA’s website.
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