EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/25

Posted on 11/26/2019 by Lauren Scott

Every day, facilities across the US receive Notices of Violation from US EPA for alleged noncompliance with a wide variety of programs like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, chemical management and reporting regulations (TSCA, EPCRA, CERCLA, etc.), hazardous waste management and disposal standards (RCRA), and much more.

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: An agricultural retail facility
WHERE: Burress, Nebraska
WHAT: Clean Air Act violations
HOW MUCH: $45,796 plus $8,415 in local emergency responder equipment

The owner and operator of a Nebraska agricultural retailer has been cited by EPA for violations of the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) regulations. Violations include failure to prepare and submit a Risk Management Plan, determine and maintain records of an analysis of the off-site consequences of ammonia, and install proper safety barriers to prevent collision with ammonia storage tanks among other violations.

In addition to paying a penalty, the company must purchase equipment for local emergency responders, including 30 heat-resistant hoods and a thermal camera capable of identifying heat sources inside buildings during responses or rescues.

WHO: An electric cable manufacturer
WHERE: Seymour, CT
WHAT: EPCRA violations
HOW MUCH: $75,000

An electric cable maker has reached an agreement with EPA over alleged chemical reporting violations. In 2017, the company processed lead, copper, and zinc compounds in quantities that allegedly exceeded 10 times their threshold TRI reporting amounts. The cable manufacturer later violated Federal right-to-know laws in 2018, when it failed to file and certify required reports describing certain chemical compounds processed at the facility.

The Connecticut-based company has agreed to pay a five-figure penalty and has been complicit during inspections and case settlement negotiations.

WHO: A pesticide distributor
WHERE: Scottsdale, AZ
WHAT: FIFRA violations
HOW MUCH: $200,000

An Arizona pesticide retailer allegedly sold pesticides with misleading efficacy claims to kill all bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The products also had false and misleading safety claims, which created the incorrect impression that the products were noncorrosive and nontoxic. The company also exported the unregistered pesticides without the necessary notifications and failed to comply with reporting obligations following a Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order (SSURO) issued to the company in 2018.

As part of the settlement, the company will pay a $200k fine and comply with all pesticide labeling and export regulations.

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, CERLCA, 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:
Clean Air Act Regulations Online
TSCA Regulations Online
New! Clean Water Act & SDWA Regulations Online
Just Launched! Superfund and Right-to-Know Act Regulations Online 
The 2020 nationwide schedule for the Complete Environmental Regulations Workshop is available online. Collaborate with other managers to identify the requirements that apply to your facility, ask the right questions, and make the right decisions about EPA compliance.

Tags: Clean Air Act, environmental, EPA, EPA Enforcement Roundup, EPCRA, FIFRA, fines, penalties, Risk Management Plan, RMP, violations

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

The instructor did an excellent job presenting a very dry subject; keeping everyone interested and making it enjoyable.

Marc Bugg

Hazardous Waste Professional

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

Brittany Holm

Lab Supervisor

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

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

David Hertvik

Vice President

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

I tried other environmental training providers, but they were all sub-standard compared to Lion. I will not stray from Lion again!

Sara Sills

Environmental Specialist

The instructor created a great learning environment.

Avinash Thummadi

CAD & Environmental Manager

Very well structured, comprehensive, and comparable to live training seminars I've participated in previously. I will recommend the online course to other colleagues with training requirement needs.

Neil Luciano

EHS Manager

Lion does a great job summarizing and communicating complicated EH&S-related regulations.

Michele Irmen

Sr. Environmental Engineer

I attended training from another provider and learned absolutely nothing. Lion is much better. Hands down.

Nicole Eby

Environmental Specialist

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Use this guide to spot which tanks and substances are regulated under EPA's Underground Storage Tank program, and which are excluded as of October 2018.

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.