Costly Wastewater Discharges
Specialty dairy manufacturer
EPA Region 1
CWA violations: The dairy manufacturer bypassed its wastewater collection and treatment equipment and manually overrode the facility’s pH and other alarm equipment, resulting in the discharge of untreated wastewater created by its food manufacturing process into the sanitary sewer system and, in some instances, into a nearby stream.
Penalty: $299,999 fine
Cement Company Pays for Air Violations
EPA Region 3
CAA violations: The company exceeded emissions limits at its Portland Cement manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Puerto Rico, and West Virginia.
Penalty: $1.7 million fine, $33 million in pollution control technology
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South Bend to Improve Sewers
City of South Bend
EPA Region 5
CWA violations: According to EPA, South Bend’s combined sewer system collects and conveys to the city’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) stormwater, sanitary sewage, and other pollutants. During wet weather events, and during some dry weather time periods, a portion of the sewage that flows through the combined sewers is not conveyed all the way to the WWTP; instead, the raw sewage is discharged into the St. Joseph River.
Penalty: $100,000 fine
Retailer Violates RCRA
General merchandise wholesaler
EPA Region 7
RCRA violations: According to EPA, the violations included failure to perform hazardous waste determinations on multiple wastestreams, storing hazardous wastes without a RCRA permit, and offering hazardous waste for transport without a hazardous waste manifest.
Penalty: $23,900 fine
Restaurant Dirties Public Water Supply
EPA Region 8
CWA violations: According to a Montana DEQ administrative complaint, the restaurant was cited for exceeding the maximum contaminant level for total coliform bacteria, failing to provide public notice of the monitoring violations, and failing to report the monitoring violations to the department.
Penalty: $278.00 fine
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Contractor Pays Big for Dumping
CWA violations: According to EPA, the builder illegally filled Calleguas Creek with 40,000 cubic yards of material—the equivalent of about 2,000 large dump truck loads.
Penalty: $225,000 fine
Navy Pays for Failing to Monitor
EPA Region 10
UST violations: According to EPA, inspectors identified 37 violations, including failure to properly monitor the tanks and pipes for leaks, failure to have the proper leak detection equipment installed for the pipes, and failure to provide an adequate alarm system to prevent delivery drivers from overfilling the tanks.
Penalty: $161,000 fine