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Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results 2011 Fiscal Year

2011 Region 3 Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results

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EPA Region 3 serves Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

Overview

The Region concluded  297 enforcement cases in FY2011 that resulted in over 142 million pounds of pollutants being reduced, treated, or eliminated, almost 6.6 million pounds of hazardous waste being treated, minimized or properly disposed of,  cleaning more than 1.2 million cubic yards of contaminated soil and 5.8 million cubic yards of water and aquifers.  

Region 3 is home to the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.  The President addressed concerns about the Bay's environmental health through an Executive Order requiring action on the Bay's environmental problems.  Region 3's Water Enforcement Program focused on the leading causes of Bay impairment, specifically storm water run-off from agriculture, municipal waste water treatment, and discharges from manufacturing operations.  Storm water from these operations often contains high levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment, toxic metals, and volatile organic compounds.  

Region 3 enforcement activities in FY 2011 focused on pollution problems that make a difference in communities.  To protect vulnerable communities, Region 3 integrated Environmental Justice (EJ) concerns into our enforcement program through training, EJ assessments, and compliance monitoring activities enabling the staff to better understand, and respond to, communities' concerns.  These assessments help identify sites, facilities and/or projects with potential EJ issues. 

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Federal Case Highlights

  • Eastman Chemicals Resins Three companies have agreed to pay more than $1million in penalties to settle alleged environmental violations at the Hercules Franklin Plant in Courtland, Virginia.

  • Consol Energy , The largest producer of coal from underground mines in the United States, agreed to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for Clean Water Act violations and reduce 96 million pounds of total dissolved solids at six of its mines in West Virginia.

  • Arch Coal Inc., the second largest supplier of coal in the country, agreed to pay a $4 million dollar penalty for alleged violations in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky.  As a result of this settlement, EPA estimates the pollutant’s discharged from Arch’s mining operations will reduce 2 million pounds annually.

  • Arsenal Business Associates and Hankin Management  are required to take several measures to address the alleged violations of Clean Air Act regulations of demolition and renovation activities involving buildings with asbestos-containing materials.  EPA estimated the cost of completing the work to be in excess of $1.2 million.

  • DuPont Imprelis Stop Sale Use and Removal Order directed the company to immediately halt the sale, use or distribution of Imprelis, an herbicide marketed to control weeds, vines and certain grasses in recreational areas such as golf courses and commercial properties such as sod farms. The order follows EPA’s investigation into why a large number of evergreens and other trees have been harmed following the use of the herbicide.

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Accomplishments at a Glance:

Civil Cases
  Estimated pollution reduced, treated or Eliminated (Pounds)1 142,014,543
  Estimated hazardous waste treated, minimized, or properly disposed of (Pounds) 1 6,593,415
  Estimated contaminated soil and water to be cleaned up (Cubic Yard) 7,105,769
Enforcement Activities
  Case initiations 278
  Case conclusions 297

Sources for Data displayed in this document: Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Information System (CERCLIS).

Footnotes:

  1. Projected reductions to be achieved during the one year period after all actions have been completed. (return to text)

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