EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/19
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 hazardous waste disposal company
EPA has reached a settlement with a southwestern hazardous waste disposal company for alleged violations from a May 2019 inspection. Violations include improper storage of used oil, failure to respond to a release of used oil into the environment, and storage of hazardous waste for longer than allowed in the company permit.
WHERE: Albuquerque, NM
WHAT: RCRA violations
HOW MUCH: $360,285
The fine will go towards the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Emergency Fund to offset the costs of hazardous waste cleanups throughout the state.
WHO: A chemical manufacturing facility
An industrial chemical manufacturer based in Salt Lake City, UT has resolved alleged FIFRA violations at 3 facilities across the country. The chemical manufacturer had allegedly produced unregistered disinfectants and failed to register its pesticide facility in NY prior to the start of production in 2014.
WHERE: Nevada, New York, and Utah
WHAT: FIFRA violations
HOW MUCH: $300,415
FIFRA registration and labeling requirements protect human health and the environment by ensuring pesticides in the marketplace are tested and safe to use. EPA evaluates registration applications to assess a wide variety of potential health and environmental effects.
WHO: A lumber supplier
EPA has issued a civil penalty to a wood fuel distributer for allegedly failing to make hazardous waste determination and failing to obtain a Certified Assessment by a professional engineer.
WHERE: Kinsale, VA
WHAT: RCRA violations
HOW MUCH: $38,252
The Consent Agreement requires the facility to develop a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and obtain a written assessment of the drip pad that has been certified by a qualified professional engineer.
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