EPA’s environmental enforcement helps keep water, land, air clean and clear in the Pacific Northwest

Enforcing environmental laws against those who violated rules. Well I mean that is one of EPA’s fundamental responsibilities. For it also helps keep our water safe. In addition to our land clean and air clear. That set of comments most importantly came from Ed Kowalski. Ed is the director of EPA Region 10 Compliance and Enforcement.

For he added:

Vigorous and fair enforcement provides the protection. Most importantly for our communities. Moreover that they expect. As well as the certainty sought by business and also by industry.

Source: USEPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, EPA enforcement helps deter violators. For those most likely to pollute and who might otherwise gain an unfair business advantage. Moreover over their competitors who are environmentally compliant.

Most interestingly but I think i kind of knew this.  Penalties vary. I mean depending on the severity of the violations. Look, I mean if there’s especially a history of past violations. That’s an OY for me.

Compliance Orders direct violators to bring their activities into compliance with the rules.

However they do not include penalties. In October, November and December, EPA Region 10 assessed more than $630,000. That’s most noteworthy in federal penalties against the violators.

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

  1. State
  2. Location

  3. Name

  4. Violation

  5. Penalty

  6. Date

So this violation was in AK or Alaska folks!

  1. Located in Kenai at the 2-Go Mart Tesoro #206. For they violated underground storage tank (UST) rules. In addition, the fee was $210 on 10/09/2012.
  2. This second violation was in AK. It was located in Wasilla and at the Holiday Stationstore #650. It seems they violated underground storage tank (UST) rules. So their fees were $420 and on 10/11/2012.
  3. So this third violation was in AK. Also in Fairbanks at the Holiday Stationstore #626. In addition they also violated underground storage tank (UST) rules. Their fee also was $210 and on 10/11/2012.
  4. Also AK and Anchorage for this one. This oh boy was at the Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport. More interestingly, they violated underground storage tank (UST) rules. So their fees were $1,260 and on 10/11/2012.
  5. This AK violated was in North Slope Borough. It was also at the Conoco Philips Alaska, Inc. For they spilled oil at Kuparuk River field (CWA). Moreover their fee was $45,000 and it was on 10/17/2012.
  6. And another in AK. For this was in Healy. It’s also located at the Golden Valley Electric and also Alaska Industrial Development. What a doozy I say! For this one they violated air permitting requirements. All located also at Healy power plant (CAA). So for this I think it’s the biggest so far but $115,000. Also it was on 11/19/2012.
  7. So we have another AK at Glacier Bay NP. For whoa this is I think a doozy. Can you say Princess Cruise Lines and they violated wastewater discharge permit (CWA). Yet I feel it wasn’t as bad as the one before since cleanup costs this I guess but they got fined $20,000 on 12/17/2012.

IDAHO

  1. So in ID in Emmett. It was also the City of Emmett on this one. I mean shoot!  However they violated wastewater discharge permit (CWA). So they also got a compliance Order on 10/9/2012. No fees.
  2. I hear this one was located in Jerome at Rite Stuff Foods, Inc.  It seems they violated risk management program (RMP) rules. So that’ll cost you $2,000. Dated also on 10/11/2012.
  3. So in Cottonwood. I heard it was located at Valley Paving & Asphalt, Inc. For they operated an asphalt plant. In addition and also without air permit (FARR). So this is the #2 highest at $36,360. It happened also on 10/15/2012.
  4. This one is in Boise. Also at Residential Property Management. For they violated lead-based paint disclosure rules (TSCA). I mean that’s bad stuff. So they got $6,800 fine on 10/15/2012.

For ease we just listed the rest.

ID

Donnelly

David Callister

Filled wetlands also without permit (CWA)

Compliance Order

10/18/2012

ID

Grand View

Black Sands Marina Resort

Violated spill prevention, control and also the countermeasures (SPCC) rules.

$2,500

10/24/2012

ID

Lenmore

Brad Grimm

Burned debris outdoors and also 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).

Moreover this is a 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

In addition, 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 also countermeasures (SPCC) rules

$28,200

11/09/2012

OR

Eugene

Down to Earth

Most interestingly, Imported unregistered pesticides (FIFRA).

Also a 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

This is also located in WA. This is also on Moses Lake. So the penalty here is on AmeriCold Moses Lake Plant. For they violated risk management program (RMP) rules. In addition, the fee is $2,340.

11/20/2012

This is also in WA.  For this was located at Clallam Bay. Most interestingly, it was the Wash. Dept. of Corrections. For they violated underground storage tank (UST) rules. In addition, the fee is $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

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