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EPA: Compliance with environmental laws helps protect air, land and water in communities across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

Release Date: 04/19/2013
Contact Information: Suzanne Skadowski, EPA Region 10, 206-553-6689, skadowski.suzanne@epa.gov

(Seattle – April 19, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, completed more than 30 environmental compliance actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from January through March 2013.

EPA ensures compliance with federal environmental laws in order to protect people’s health and to keep the region’s air and water clean and healthy. Businesses that violate environmental laws can put public health at risk from toxic pollution or dangerous chemicals. When EPA finds environmental violations, the agency takes legal action to bring the polluters into compliance with the law. EPA enforcement also helps level the playing field, deterring violators who might otherwise have an unfair business advantage over their environmentally compliant competitors.

EPA Region 10 completed the following enforcement actions in January through March 2013:
Alaska
Violation
Penalty
Date
Bristow Alyeska
Deadhorse, Stevens Village
Violated spill prevention rules (SPCC)$2,000
1/7/2013
Salamatof Seafoods Inc.
Kenai
Violated seafood wastewater permits (NPDES)$45,000
3/6/2013
Baker Petrolite Corp.
Kenai
Violated pesticide rules (FIFRA)$8,000
3/7/2013
Aleutian Leader Fisheries
(North Pacific Ocean)
Violated seafood wastewater permits (NPDES)$59,000
3/19/2013
Coeur Alaska, Inc.
Juneau
Violated hazardous waste rules (RCRA)$7,500
3/26/2013
U.S. Air Force 611th
Sparrevohn, Tatalina, Indian Mt
Violated motor vehicle waste wells ban (SDWA)$45,000
3/28/2013
Idaho
Violation
Penalty
Date
Amalgamated Sugar
Paul
Violated chemical release rules (EPCRA)$18,000
2/27/2013
Super Kat Inc.
Nez Perce
Violated pesticide rules (FIFRA)$4,640
3/1/2013
Hungry Bear Market
Island Park
Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules$840
3/5/2013
BASF Corp.
Kimberly
Violated pesticide rules (FIFRA) $109,840
3/7/2013
Oregon
Violation
Penalty
Date
Carson Oil
North Bend
Violated spill prevention rules, spilled diesel (SPCC) $29,843 & SEP
1/4/2013
Oil Re-Refining Co
Portland
Violated PCB-contaminated used oil rules (TSCA)Compliance Order
2/20/2013
Granite Construction
Eddyville
Violated construction stormwater rules (NPDES)$735,000
2/27/2013
Federal Building
Portland
Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules$210
2/28/2013
Solomon Courthouse
Portland
Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules$210
2/28/2013
Tyree Oil
North Bend
Violated spill prevention rules, spilled diesel (SPCC) $27,920 & SEP
3/28/2013
Washington
Violation
Penalty
Date
Matson, LLC
North Bend
Violated pesticide rules (FIFRA) Stop Sale Order
1/2/2013
Copenhaver Construction
Creston
Violated Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR) $1,043
1/3/2013
Wilbur-Ellis Co.
Warden
Violated risk management rules (RMP)$2,700
1/4/2013
FedEx Freight
Fife
Violated hazardous chemical rules (EPCRA)$2,000
1/13/2013
Westside 76 Market Deli
Mount Vernon
Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules$210
1/28/2013
Kohler Co.
Seattle
Violated (CAA) rules for non-road engines$3,500
1/28/2013
Hoksbergen Hay Co.
Lyden
Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules$420
1/29/2013
Sierra Pacific Industries
Aberdeen
Violated hazardous chemical rules (EPCRA)$129,000
2/5/2013
Old Salts Market Deli
Anacortes
Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules$420
2/11/2013
IBC Manufacturing
Tacoma
Violated pesticide rules (FIFRA) $265,000
2/26/2013
Pik A Pop #12
Othello
Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules$20,427
2/28/2013
Tacoma Ag Holdings
Seattle
Violated pesticide rules (FIFRA)Stop Sale Order
3/5/2013
Country Convenience Plus
Roy
Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules$840
3/5/2013
Multiquip, Inc.
Seattle
Violated (CAA) requirements for non-road engines$76,000
3/7/2013
Meridian Super Store
Bellingham
Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules$1,260
3/7/2013
Yakima Valley Dairies
Granger, Outlook
Polluted groundwater (SDWA)Consent Order
3/19/2013
B & B Market
Olympia
Violated underground storage tank (UST) rules$490
3/25/2013

Some of the environmental rules, regulations, and policies 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 Rule
SEP – Supplemental Environmental Projects
SPCC – Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Rules
UST – Underground Storage Tank

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

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