EPA Region 10 completes over 50 compliance and enforcement actions in July and September
Washington had the most completed actions with 22 over the two-month period — from July 1 to Sept. 30 — while Alaska had 13, Idaho had 12 and Oregon had the least, with two. There were also three multi-state actions for companies based in California, Nevada and Wyoming whose actions impacted the other four states.
Violations that the EPA acted upon ranged from non-compliance with underground storage tank rules and risk management program requirements to violated stormwater construction general permits and safe drinking water rules. Fines ranged from $70 to $445,336, though some offenders were hit instead with compliance orders, consent decrees or stop sale orders.
The agency’s efforts to punish federal environmental law violations serve a dual purpose. The EPA promotes cleaner air, water and land and improved public health while also creating a fair business environment, so that companies reducing costs by cutting corners with regulations are not rewarded for their actions.