EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/29

Posted on 9/29/2020 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: A multinational coffee corporation
WHERE: Seattle, WA
WHAT: EPCRA violations
HOW MUCH: $100,000

A well-known coffee brand settled with EPA over alleged misreporting of sulfuric acid, among other hazardous chemicals. According to EPA, the company failed to file its required annual Tier II Hazardous Chemical Inventory Report in a timely manner for two different facilities during the 2017 and 2018 reporting years.

Because the company has been cooperative and took proactive steps to address the alleged violations, EPA reduced the penalty to $100,000. These steps taken include training employees to prevent reporting lapses in the future.
Be confident you know your reporting responsibilities under EPCRA and CERCLA with the Superfund and Right-to-Know Act Regulations online course.

WHO: A metal finishing company
WHERE: Glendale, CA
WHAT: RCRA violations
HOW MUCH: $49,706

After an inspection at a metal plating facility in 2019, EPA found several hazardous waste violations. Violations include failure to make a hazardous waste determination for certain wastes generated at the facility, failure to prepare a manifest for shipment of hazardous waste, and storing hazardous waste without a permit beyond the 90 days allowed.

In addition to paying a fine, the facility agreed to develop and implement a standard operating procedure for inspecting and maintaining containment systems associated with plating operations, including, but not limited to, preventing debris from accumulating, inspecting for cracks in and deterioration of secondary containment systems, and ensuring epoxy coatings are inspected and repaired.

WHO: A tire recycler
WHERE: Houston, TX
WHAT: Industrial Solid Waste violations
HOW MUCH: $36,307

State officials allege that a tire recycling facility in Texas caused, suffered, allowed, or permitted the disposal of industrial solid waste (ISW) at an unauthorized facility against TCEQ regulations. 22 shipments, totaling 246 cubic yards of ISW were allegedly accepted by the tire recycler between November 2015 and August 2016 without a permit. The ISW in question included sludge rubber waste from hydroblasting mud motor pipes.

The enforcement action requires the facility to stop accepting ISW immediately and to develop and implement procedures to ensure ISW is not accepted again.

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
Clean Water Act & SDWA Regulations Online
Superfund and Right-to-Know Act Regulations Online 

Tags: California, environmental fines, EPA Enforcement, EPA Enforcement Roundup, hazardous waste, Houston, industrial waste, RCRA, Seattle, Texas, Washington

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

The price was reasonable, the time to complete the course was manageable, and the flexibility the online training allowed made it easy to complete.

Felicia Rutledge

Hazmat Shipping Professional

I like Lion's workshops the best because they really dig into the information you need to have when you leave the workshop.

Tom Bush, Jr.

EHS Manager

Lion was very responsive to my initial questions and the website was user friendly.

Michael Britt

Supply Chain Director

Lion's information is very thorough and accurate. Presenter was very good.

Melissa Little

Regulatory Manager

The exercises in the DOT hazardous materials management course are especially helpful in evaluating your understanding of course information.

Morgan Bliss

Principal Industrial Hygienist

Best course instructor I've ever had. Funny, relatable, engaging; made it interesting and challenged us as the professionals we are.

Amanda Schwartz

Environmental Coordinator

I love that the instructor emphasized the thought process behind the regs.

Rebecca Saxena

Corporate Product Stewardship 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 probably the best I ever had! He made the class enjoyable, was humorous at times, and very knowledgeable.

Mary Sue Michon

Environmental Administrator

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

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Just starting out with shipping lithium batteries? The four fundamental concepts in this guide are the place to start.

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.