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Thursday, February 2, 2012

EPA announces summary of Pacific Northwest and Alaska enforcement actions for Fall 2011

(Seattle – February 2, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed 26 enforcement actions from October through December 2011 to ensure individuals, businesses and governments are complying with environmental regulations. The EPA’s compliance assistance programs help people understand and follow federal environmental laws. Enforcement deters those who might otherwise profit from violating the law and levels the playing field with environmentally compliant companies. Protecting human health and the environment is the ultimate objective.
Below is a summary table of EPA’s enforcement actions during the first quarter of federal fiscal year 2012 (October – December 2011). An important component of EPA’s enforcement activities, and a key way to deter misconduct, is to assess penalties for violations. For the cases where EPA assessed penalties, the penalty amount is listed in the table. EPA Region 10 assessed a total of $540,480 in penalties during the first quarter. Penalty amounts may vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the magnitude of the violation, how quickly the violations are corrected, and whether there are past violations. Compliance Orders direct the violator to bring their activities back into compliance with environmental laws, and may not include penalties.
October 1 – December 31, 2011
City of violation
Date issued/ filed
Description of Alleged Violation
Penalty amount
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Failure to comply with hazardous waste generator and universal waste management requirements. (RCRA)*
Idaho Falls
City of Idaho Falls
Exceeding discharge permit limits at the City’s wastewater treatment plant, including ammonia and E. coli limits. (CWA)*
N/A (compliance order)
Harris, Inc.
Deficiencies in stormwater plans and controls during construction of a new building. (CWA)*
Frazier Industrial Company
Failure to submit a timely
Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting Form for 1, 2, 4-trimethylbenzene. (EPCRA)*
U.S. Department of Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory
Failure to comply with hazardous waste generator and universal waste management requirements. (RCRA)*
Da Yang Seafood, Inc.
Failure to maintain complete service and maintenance records for large refrigerated appliances that contain
ozone-depleting substances. (CAA)*
Central Point
Grange Cooperative Supply Association
Sale and distribution of a
misbranded pesticide product. (FIFRA)*
Johnson Crushers International
xylene air emissions. (CAA)*
$115,000 to the U.S. (additional penalty paid to local agency)
McClure Industries, Inc.
Failure to submit a timely
Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting Form for styrene. (EPCRA)*
Warm Springs
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation – Simnasho Schoolie water system
Arsenic levels above drinking water limits. (SDWA)*
N/A (compliance order)
Formula Corp.
Failure to submit a timely
Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting Form for glycol ethers. (EPCRA)*
Burlington Environmental LLC

Illegal storage and treatment of hazardous waste. (RCRA)*
Avista Recycling, Inc.
illegal export of cathode ray tubes.(RCRA)*
Northern Lights, Inc.
Import of marine engines without information required by the Clean Air Act.
Philip and Kimberly Smith
Unauthorized discharge of dredged and fill materials into wetlands. (CWA)*
Contingent penalty of $200,000 if respondent violates Consent Decree terms.
Kodiak and Fairbanks
Moses Lake, Royal City, Brewster, Ephrata
October- December 2011
Underground Storage Tank Facilities
Failure to conduct tests to detect or prevent releases to the environment. (RCRA)*
$6,340 for violations at 11 facilities.
CWA – Clean Water Act
CAA – Clean Air Act

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