EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/10
Below are examples of recent EPA enforcement actions that provide insight into how and why EPA issues civil penalties to facilities for environmental noncompliance. Names of companies and individuals cited by EPA are withheld to protect their privacy.
WHO: A construction company
A California construction company was ordered to pay a $2 million civil penalty for alleged violations of its stormwater permit. According to the US District Court, the company allegedly discharged lead, copper, pentachlorophenol, and zinc into Hall Creek, a Mad River tributary that exceeded permissible quantities, potentially threatening the local salmon population.
WHERE: McKinleyville, CA
WHAT: Clean Water Act violations
HOW MUCH: $2,087,750
Other alleged violations include failure to implement plans, technologies, monitoring, and other preventative procedures and mechanisms, as well as failure to comply with reporting requirements of the Clean Water Act.
WHO: A biopharmaceutical research facility
A research facility focused on blood-plasma treatments announced a settlement with the EPA to resolve alleged violations related to its chemical management practices. According to EPA, the research facility allegedly failed to develop written operating procedures for safely conducting activities, implement a mechanical integrity program, implement an emergency response program with instructions on the use of relevant equipment, and meet recordkeeping requirements.
WHERE: Bradley, IL
WHAT: Clean Air Act violations
HOW MUCH: $527,144
The company has already taken steps to comply with Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Plan requirements by hiring additional personnel to address the alleged violations. It has also agreed to pay a six-figure civil penalty.
WHO: An agricultural servicer
EPA has reached an agreement with a company that provides crop maintenance services over alleged FIFRA violations. After a series of inspections by State and Federal investigators, EPA found that the company allegedly produced pesticides in an unregistered establishment, distributed and sold misbranded pesticides, and failed to maintain equipment properly.
WHERE: Rio Oso, CA
WHAT: FIFRA violations
HOW MUCH: $50,578
EPA claims two pesticides were being repackaged and distributed with improper labeling. While at the facilities, inspectors also found that a secondary containment unit and loading pad, both used to contain potential spills, were allegedly not up to industry standards.
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