|  July 31, 2014  |  
Fair   63.0F  |  Forecast »

EPA’s Environmental Enforcement Helps Keep Water, Land, Air Clean and Clear in the Pacific Northwest

(Seattle – January 29, 2013) During the final months of 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 took nearly 40 enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to protect communities and the environment.

“Enforcing environmental laws is one of EPA’s fundamental responsibilities and helps keep our water safe, our land clean, and our air clear,” said Ed Kowalski, director of EPA Region 10 Compliance and Enforcement. “Vigorous and fair enforcement provides the protection our communities expect and the certainty sought by business and industry.”

EPA enforcement helps deter violators who might otherwise gain an unfair business advantage over their competitors who are environmentally compliant. Penalties vary depending on the severity of the violations, how quickly violations are corrected, and if there is a history of past violations. Compliance Orders direct violators to bring their activities into compliance with the rules, but do not include penalties. In October, November and December, EPA Region 10 assessed more than $630,000 in federal penalties against the violators.

EPA Region 10 enforcement actions from October through December 2012 are summarized below.

 

State

 

 

Location

 

 

Name

 

 

Violation

 

 

Penalty

 

 

Date

 

 

AK

 

 

Kenai

 

 

2-Go Mart Tesoro #206

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$210

 

 

10/09/2012

 

 

AK

 

 

Wasilla

 

 

Holiday Stationstore #650

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$420

 

 

10/11/2012

 

 

AK

 

 

Fairbanks

 

 

Holiday Stationstore #626

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$210

 

 

10/11/2012

 

 

AK

 

 

Anchorage

 

 

Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$1,260

 

 

10/11/2012

 

 

AK

 

 

North Slope Borough

 

 

Conoco Philips Alaska, Inc.

 

 

Spilled oil at Kuparuk River field (CWA)

 

 

$45,000

 

 

10/17/2012

 

 

AK

 

 

Healy

 

 

Golden Valley Electric and Alaska Industrial Development

 

 

Violated air permitting requirements at Healy power plant (CAA)

 

 

$115,000

 

 

11/19/2012

 

 

AK

 

 

Glacier Bay NP

 

 

Princess Cruise Lines

 

 

Violated wastewater discharge permit (CWA)

 

 

$20,000

 

 

12/17/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Emmett

 

 

City of Emmett

 

 

Violated wastewater discharge permit (CWA)

 

 

Compliance Order

 

 

 10/9/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Jerome

 

 

Rite Stuff Foods, Inc.

 

 

Violated risk management program (RMP) rules

 

 

$2,000

 

 

10/11/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Cottonwood

 

 

Valley Paving & Asphalt, Inc.

 

 

Operated asphalt plant without air permit (FARR)

 

 

$36,360

 

 

10/15/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Boise

 

 

Residential Property Management

 

 

Violated lead-based paint disclosure rules (TSCA)

 

 

$6,800

 

 

10/15/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Donnelly

 

 

David Callister

 

 

Filled wetlands without permit (CWA)

 

 

Compliance Order

 

 

10/18/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Grand View

 

 

Black Sands Marina Resort

 

 

Violated spill prevention, control and countermeasures (SPCC) rules

 

 

$2,500

 

 

10/24/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Lenmore

 

 

Brad Grimm

 

 

Burned debris outdoors without air permit (FARR)

 

 

$300

 

 

11/01/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Boise

 

 

HD Power Systems

 

 

Violated non-road engine rules (CAA)

 

 

$24,000

 

 

11/13/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Inkom

 

 

City of Inkom

 

 

Violated wastewater discharge permit (CWA)

 

 

$28,160

 

 

11/26/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Caldwell

 

 

Caldwell Housing Authority

 

 

Violated wastewater discharge permit (CWA)

 

 

Compliance Order

 

 

11/27/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Pierce

 

 

City of Pierce - Wastewater Treatment Plant

 

 

Violated wastewater discharge permit (CWA)

 

 

$4,800

 

 

12/12/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Pierce

 

 

City of Pierce - Water Treatment Plant

 

 

Violated wastewater discharge permit (CWA)

 

 

$2,100

 

 

12/12/2012

 

 

ID

 

 

Rexburg

 

 

Mother Hibbard’s Co. Store

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$420

 

 

12/18/2012

 

 

OR

 

 

Klamath Falls

 

 

Ferrell’s Fuel Network

 

 

Violated spill prevention, control and countermeasures (SPCC) rules

 

 

$28,200

 

 

11/09/2012

 

 

OR

 

 

Eugene

 

 

Down to Earth

 

 

Imported unregistered pesticides (FIFRA)

 

 

Compliance Order

 

 

11/21/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Olympia

 

 

Nisqually Automotive Towing

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$490

 

 

10/02/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Longview

 

 

Mint Valley Golf Course

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$210

 

 

10/09/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Bellingham

 

 

Lakeway Chevron

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$210

 

 

10/11/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Fife

 

 

Fife Sand & Gravel, LLC

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$840

 

 

10/11/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Chehalis

 

 

Pacific Pride 2

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$420

 

 

10/22/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Moxee

 

 

Olympic Fruit Co.

 

 

Violated risk management program (RMP) rules

 

 

$33,964

 

 

10/22/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Bellingham

 

 

King Street Shell

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$210

 

 

10/29/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Tacoma

 

 

Gardner-Fields, Inc.

 

 

Sold misbranded wood preservatives (FIFRA)

 

 

$35,336

 

 

11/06/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Olympia

 

 

U.S. Gas

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$840

 

 

11/07/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Seattle

 

 

Briggs and Stratton Corp.

 

 

Violated non-road engine regulations (CAA)

 

 

$80,000

 

 

11/13/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Moses Lake

 

 

AmeriCold Moses Lake Plant

 

 

Violated risk management program (RMP) rules

 

 

$2,340

 

 

11/20/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Clallam Bay

 

 

Wash. Dept. of Corrections

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$1,260

 

 

11/29/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Seattle

 

 

CertainTeed/Saint-Gobain

 

 

Violated toxics chemical release inventory reporting rules (EPCRA)

 

 

$42,300

 

 

12/05/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Seattle

 

 

General Biodiesel, Inc.

 

 

Violated hazardous chemical emergency planning rules (EPCRA)

 

 

$62,985

 

 

12/12/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Yelm

 

 

Park Place

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$70

 

 

12/12/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Moses Lake

 

 

National Frozen Foods Corp.

 

 

Violated risk management program (RMP) rules

 

 

$4,500

 

 

12/17/2012

 

 

WA

 

 

Marysville

 

 

Totem Grocery & Gas

 

 

Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules

 

 

$48,078

 

 

12/28/2012

 

Environmental rules and regulations referenced in the case summaries above:

CAA – Clean Air Act

CWA – Clean Water Act

EPCRA – Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act

FARR – Federal Air Rules for Reservations

FIFRA – Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

RMP – Risk Management Plan

SPCC – Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures

TSCA – Toxic Substances Control Act

UST – Underground Storage Tank

More about EPA compliance and enforcement actions: http://www.epa.gov/enforcement/basics.html


 

Add your comment:
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement