Search

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/16

Posted on 5/16/2022 by Lauren Scott

Industrial facilities in the United States are subject to complex, overlapping environmental regulations concerning air emissions, discharges to water, hazardous waste management and disposal, oil spills, chemical management, and more. Failure to comply with all applicable US EPA requirements can result in future liability and civil penalties as high as $100,000+ per day, per violation (and growing every year).

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: A national satellite TV provider
WHERE: Alameda County, CA
WHAT: RCRA violations
HOW MUCH: $5.5 million

A household name in satellite TV has agreed to a multi-million-dollar settlement with California prosecutors for alleged improper disposal of hazardous waste in Alameda County and other areas of the state. Prosecutors alleged the company disposed of regulated electronic equipment, such as remote controls, transformers, batteries, and power adapters, in municipal garbage bins in violation of hazardous waste regulations.

Under the terms of the settlement, the company must pay a $3.32 million civil penalty and $835,500 in court fees. The satellite TV provider also agreed to implementing $500,000 in environmental compliance measures and conducting supplemental environmental projects totaling $845,000.
 

WHO: A stone quarry
WHERE: Marble, CO
WHAT: Clean Water Act violations
HOW MUCH: $235,430

A Colorado stone quarry must build a culvert and bridge and rehabilitate a stream that EPA alleges was negatively impacted by quarry activities. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the company illegally diverted about 1,700 feet of Yule Creek from its natural channel in late 2018 in violation of its Clean Water Act permit.

The Army Corps will allow the stream to remain in its new alignment as long as the company completes ecological enhancement of the section. This includes adding woody debris, creating pools and riffles, planting willows, and monitoring progress for the next five years. The Army Corps called leaving the stream where it is the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative, or LEDPA.
 

WHO: A timber company
WHERE: Longview, WA
WHAT: Clean Water Act violations
HOW MUCH: $719,000

A lumber mill recently reached a settlement with a conservation organization, agreeing to pay a $600,00 to the Columbia River Restoration Fund plus $1119,000 in legal fees to resolve alleged violations of water quality and monitoring regulations. The group claims the mill discharged harmful levels of run-off into the Columbia River in Cowlitz County, which could deplete oxygen levels necessary for fish and spur growth of harmful bacteria.

As part of the settlement, the timber company must reroute one of its stormwater pipes from the Columbia River to a waste treatment plant. The company will also install aerators, at least one flow meter with monitoring probes, particulate streams, and biochar sock filters.
 

Convenient, Effective Online EHS Manager Training

Managing site compliance with the many complex EPA programs that affect your business—from the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts to TSCA, EPCRA, CERCLA, and more—is a major challenge. If you’re new to the field or need an update on changing EPA rules, online training is a convenient way to quickly build in-depth expertise.

Check out the latest EPA compliance training options here:
 
Complete Environmental Regulations
Clean Air Act Regulations Online
TSCA Regulations Online
Clean Water Act & SDWA Regulations Online
Superfund and Right-to-Know Act Regulations Online 
 

Tags: Clean Water Act, EPA Enforcement Roundup, fines, hazardous waste management, penalties, RCRA, roundup

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

The instructor's energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the subject make the class a great learning experience!

Brian Martinez

Warehouse Operator

My experience with Lion training, both online and in the classroom, is that they are far better organized and provide a better sequential explanation of the material.

Robert Roose

Manager, Dangerous Goods Transportation

This training broke down the regulations in an easy-to-understand manner and made them less overwhelming. I now feel I have the knowledge to make more informed decisions.

Amanda Oswald

Shipping Professional

The instructor was great, explaining complex topics in terms that were easily understandable and answering questions clearly and thoroughly.

Brittany Holm

Lab Supervisor

Excellent job. Made what is very dry material interesting. Thoroughly explained all topics in easy-to-understand terms.

David Hertvik

Vice President

Lion courses are the standard to which all other workshops should strive for!

Brody Saleen

Registered Environmental Health Specialist

Lion's online training is more comprehensive, has better slides, and is a superior training experience than what I would get from other trainers.

Robert Brenner

District Environmental Manager

The instructor was very very informative, helpful, understandable and pleasant. This course answered many questions I had, being new to this industry.

Frances Mona

Shipping Manager

I can take what I learned in this workshop and apply it to everyday work and relate it to my activities.

Shane Hersh

Materials Handler

Attending Lion Technology classes should be mandatory for every facility that ships or stores hazmat.

Genell Drake

Outbound Lead

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Find out what makes DOT hazmat training mandatory for employees who sign the hazardous waste manifest, a “dually regulated” document for tracking shipments.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.