EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/24

Posted on 10/20/2017 by Nick Waldron

Every day, facilities across the US receive Notices of Violation from Federal and State environmental agencies 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.
In January 2017, EPA 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.

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, a salmon cannery will pay for Clean Air Act violations and an iron company must reimburse US EPA for CERCLA/Superfund hazardous substances cleanup costs. 

WHO: A salmon cannery
WHERE: Naknek, WA
WHAT: Clean Air Act chemical risk management violations
HOW MUCH: $220,000 in fines and projects 

Salmon-blog.jpgThe seafood industry is again the target of environmental enforcement this week, as a red salmon cannery will pay for alleged violations of EPA’s Risk Management Plan requirements for facilities that store hazardous chemicals. 

The facility stored more than 10,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia—commonly used for industrial food refrigeration—which requires the facility to have an adequate risk management and emergency response plan under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act. Presently, the company has created the required plan and is now in compliance with the Clean Air Act, according to US EPA.                                                                                                                                              
Last month, a major tuna fish producer was fined for Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act violations.

WHO: An iron and metal company
WHERE: Concord Township, OH
WHAT: CERCLA response costs
HOW MUCH: $410,000

The US Department of Justice this month ordered a metal and iron company to pay $410,000 to reimburse EPA for cleanup of hazardous substances at the United Scrap Lead (USL) Superfund Site in Troy, OH.

The USL Superfund site is a 25-acre property where lead-acid batteries were reclaimed between 1948 and 1980. It was added to the National Priorities List in 1984. Tens of thousands of yards of crushed battery cases were used as fill material, and battery acid and wastewaters contaminated the soil and debris with lead. According to EPA’s cleanup schedule, the site is now “ready for reuse and redevelopment.”

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ENV-300-computer-image.jpgManaging 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, the Complete Environmental Regulations Online Course will help you quickly build in-depth expertise.

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