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Release Date: 12/03/2012
Contact Information: Suzanne Skadowski, EPA Public Affairs, 206-553-6689, skadowski.suzanne@epa.gov

(Seattle – December 3, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 completed over 50 environmental compliance and enforcement actions during July through September in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. EPA enforces the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and other environmental laws designed to protect people’s health and the environment.

EPA offers compliance assistance to help people understand and follow federal environmental laws. Enforcement penalties deter violators who might gain an unfair business advantage over those who are environmentally compliant. Penalties vary depending on the severity of violations, how quickly they are corrected, and past violations. Compliance Orders direct violators to bring their activities into compliance with the law, but do not include penalties.

The table below summarizes EPA’s compliance and enforcement actions for July through September 2012.


    State
City
    Date Issued/Filed
    Violator
Alleged ViolationPenalty
    AK
Unalaska
    7/3/2012
    City of Unalaska
Violated wastewater discharge permit (CWA)* $340,000
    AK
Nome
    9/5/2012
    Alaska Gold (Gold Creek Mine)
Violated wastewater discharge permit for construction activities (CWA)*$177,500
    AK
Soldotna
    9/17/2012
    Jeffrey Leadens
Placed unauthorized fill in wetlands (CWA)*(Compliance Order)
    AK
(Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska)
    9/25/2012
    Aleutian Spray Fisheries (Seattle, WA)
Violated wastewater discharge permit for seafood processing vessels (Siberian Sea and US Liberator) (CWA)*$119,778
    AK
(Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska)
    9/27/2012
    United States Seafoods (Seattle, WA)
Violated wastewater discharge permit for seafood processing vessels (Ocean Alaska) (CWA)*$90,588
    AK
(Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska)
    8/6/2012
    American Seafoods (Seattle, WA) and Pacific Longline (Seattle, WA)
Illegally imported and mismanaged ozone-depleting refrigerants on seafood processing vessels (CAA)*$700,000
    AK
(Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska)
    9/27/2012
    Icicle Seafoods (Seattle, WA)
Mismanaged ozone-depleting refrigerants on seafood processing vessels and processing facilities (CAA)*$430,000
    AK
Soldotna
    9/14/2012
    Kenai Peninsula Borough
Violated hazardous waste and used oil management requirements (RCRA)*$12,765
    AK
Anchorage
    9/19/2012
    Payne Revocable Trust (Tudor East Apartments)
Violated Lead Disclosure Rule in residential leases (TSCA)*$2,000
    ID
Culdesac
    7/19/2012
    City of Culdesac
Violated wastewater discharge permit (CWA)*(Compliance Order)
    ID
McCall
    8/14/2012
    Jug Mountain Ranch
Violated wastewater discharge permit (CWA)*$6,100
    ID
Burley
    9/17/2012
    Brek Pilling
Placed unauthorized fill into wetlands (CWA)*(Compliance Order)
    ID
Lewiston
    7/25/2012
    M.L. Albright & Sons
Violated Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)* Rule $1,850
    ID
Grand View
    7/19/2012
    Guss Gas
Violated Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)* Rule$5,568
    ID
Old Town
    9/11/2012
    CityServiceValcon
Unloaded gasoline into storage tanks at gas station without vapor balance system (CAA)* $48,000
    ID
Fort Hall
    9/14/2012
    Thomas West Fuels
Unloaded gasoline into storage tanks at gas station without vapor balance system (CAA)* $45,600
    ID
St. Maries
    8/30/2012
    Essential Oil Research/Young Living Lavender Farms
Violated Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR)* by failing to submit annual registration$350
    ID
Worley
    9/14/2012
    Primeland Cooperatives
Violated pesticide management and container rules (FIFRA)*$15,360
    ID
Blackfoot
    8/1/2012
    Sartori Company
Failed to submit timely Toxics Chemical Release Inventory (TRI)* reporting forms $7,100
    OR
Cloverdale
    8/30/2012
    Fir Ridge Holsteins
Violated wastewater discharge permit for concentrated animal feeding operations (CWA)*$7,000
    OR
Medford
    7/24/2012
    Colvin Oil (Medford Bulk Facility)
Violated Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)* Rule$26,000
    OR
Portland
    9/12/2012
    Vigor Industrial
Violated Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)* Rule$2,100
    OR
Wilsonville
    9/11/2012
    Ritter Chemical
Failed to submit timely annual pesticide production reports (FIFRA)*$2,460
    OR
(Various)
    9/19/2012
    Sparetime Supply (Willits, CA) and BWGS (Bloomington, IN)
Sold and distributed unregistered pesticide (FIFRA)* (Stop Sale Order)
    OR
Pendleton
    9/18/2012
    Pendleton Grain Growers
Failed to submit timely annual pesticide production reports (FIFRA)*$3,960
    OR
Hubbard
    7/18/2012
    Hubbard Shell
Violated underground storage tank (UST)* regulations$420
    OR
Portland
    9/24/2012
    Willamette National Cemetery
Violated underground storage tank (UST)* regulations$1,050
    OR
Portland
    8/31/2012
    Canyon Property Management
Violated Lead Disclosure Rule in residential leases (TSCA)*$2,200
    OR
Eugene
    9/26/2012
    Forrest Paint
Violated hazardous waste container management and employee training requirements (RCRA)*$3,000
    WA
Seattle
    9/28/2012
    Paramount Petroleum
Violated Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)* Rule$95,606
    WA
Arlington and Granite Falls
    8/15/2012
    Nelson Petroleum
Violated Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)* Rule$25,000
    WA
Kent
    8/8/2012
    VBN Sales
Imported uncertified, non-road engines (CAA)*$1,000
    WA
Wenatchee
    9/25/2012
    Dovex Fruit
Violated Risk Management Program (RMP)* requirements $134,613
    WA
Royal City
    9/26/2012
    Royal Ridge Fruit & Cold Storage
Violated Risk Management Program (RMP)* requirements$3,060
    WA
Union Gap
    9/26/2012
    Clasen Fruit & Cold Storage
Violated Risk Management Program (RMP)* requirements$17,030
    WA
Port Orchard
    9/28/2012
    Westech Aerosol
Violated Risk Management Program (RMP)* requirements$30,000
    WA
Seattle
    8/29/2012
    AG Specialties
Sold and distributed misbranded pesticide products (FIFRA)* $6,320
    WA
Pasco
    9/18/2012
    Harms Pacific Transport
Produced pesticides in an unregistered facility (FIFRA)* $25,120
    WA
Seattle
    7/17/2012
    North Star Casteel Products
Failed to submit timely Toxics Chemical Release Inventory (TRI)* reporting forms $87,000
    WA
Spokane
    8/9/2012
    CPM Development
Failed to submit timely Toxics Chemical Release Inventory (TRI)* reporting forms$25,400
    WA
Ellensburg
    8/21/2012
    Midstate Co-op
Failed to submit timely Toxics Chemical Release Inventory (TRI)* reporting forms $2,000
    WA
Seattle
    9/11/2012
    Jorgensen Forge
Failed to submit timely Toxics Chemical Release Inventory (TRI)* reporting forms $73,600
    WA
Moses Lake
    9/27/2012
    Leftwich Foundry
Failed to submit timely Toxics Chemical Release Inventory (TRI)* reporting forms $124,300
    WA
Burlington
    7/2/2012
    Tesoro #68404
Violated underground storage tank (UST)* regulations$420
    WA
Burlington
    7/5/2012
    Skagit Farmers Supply
Violated underground storage tank (UST)* regulations$1,680
    WA
Neah Bay
    8/8/2012
    U.S. Air Force Base- Makah Station
Violated underground storage tank (UST)* regulations(Compliance Order)
    WA
Wenatchee
    8/13/2012
    Wenatchee CFN/Coleman Oil
Violated underground storage tank (UST)* regulations$1,750
    WA
Maple Falls
    8/13/2012
    Maple Fuels Wash-A-Ton
Violated underground storage tank (UST)* regulations$420
    WA
Bellingham
    8/31/2012
    Alger Shell
Violated underground storage tank (UST)* regulations$420
    WA
Bellingham
    9/6/2012
    Deming Quick Stop
Violated underground storage tank (UST)* regulations$630

*Federal environmental laws and regulations referenced in case summaries above:

CAA – Clean Air Act
CWA –
Clean Water Act
FARR –
Federal Air Rules for Reservations
FIFRA –
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
RCRA –
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
RMP –
Risk Management Program
SPCC –
Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Rule
TRI –
Toxics Release Inventory
TSCA –
Toxic Substances Control Act
UST –
Underground Storage Tank

Learn more about EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assistance programs at:

http://www.epa.gov/enforcement/basics.html