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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

South Central Enforcement

“The Environmental Protection Agency will use a full range of compliance and enforcement strategies and tools to aggressively pursue pollution problems that make a difference in communities targeting the most serious water, air and chemical hazards,” said EPA, Region 6, Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Director, John Blevins.

Our vision is to make environmental compliance commonplace to achieve clean air, water, and land. Our mission is to protect and sustain human health and the environment by ensuring compliance with Federal environmental laws in partnership with our States and Tribes.

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Inspections, Enforcement and NEPA Actions in Region 6

2015 Update to Supplemental Environmental Projects policy (59 pp, 814 K) This Policy revises and supersedes the February 1991 Policy on the Use of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) in EPA Settlements, the May 1995 Interim Revised SEP Policy, and the May 1998 EPA SEP Policy.

2014 Annual Report (2 MB, 20pp)

2015 Regional Priorities

Air Enforcement
- Preventing Releases of Extremely Hazardous Substances
- Investigating Specific Manufacturers as part of the first national initiative
- Working with Industry to Reduce Flaring

Hazardous Waste Enforcement
- Ensuring Hazardous Waste Management Practices are Legal
- Ensuring Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and/or Disposal Facilities are Permitted

Water Enforcement
- Ensuring Proper Managing of Brine Spills from Oil & Gas Operations
- Ensuring Everyone's Water is Safe to Drink


CAED In the News and Other Actions

Clariant Corporation, Belen, New Mexico: On April 16, 2015, a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) was issued to Clariant Corporation (Clariant) of Belen, New Mexico to resolve RCRA violations discovered during the review of data from Clariant’s hazardous waste activities.  The data revealed that on several occasions, Clariant generated quantities of waste that triggered the large quantity generator requirements, and during those periods, Clariant continued to notify and operate as a conditionally exempt small quantity generator or small quantity generator of hazardous waste.  The CAFO requires the payment of $168,817 and compliance with RCRA regulations.

DWD Engineering, Houston, TX: On April 15, 2015, a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) was issued to DWD Engineering (DWD) of Houston, Texas to resolve RCRA violations discovered during the review of data from DWD’s hazardous waste activities.  The data revealed that on several occasions, DWD generated quantities of waste that triggered the large quantity generator requirements, and during those periods, DWD continued to notify and operate as a conditionally exempt small quantity generator of hazardous waste.  The CAFO requires the payment of $91,773 and compliance with RCRA regulations. 

Enterprise Products Operating, LLC, Mont Belvieu, Texas:   On April 6, 2015, EPA filed a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) and an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC), settling a Clean Air Act case against Enterprise Products Operating, LLC (Enterprise).  The CAFO alleges that Enterprise committed the following violations:  (1) failed to identify the names or positions of persons responsible for implementing individual requirements of Part 68; (2) failed to timely inspect and/or test certain process equipment; (3) failed to timely correct deficiencies in compliance audits; and (4) failed to comply with Title V certification reporting.  The CAFO requires Respondent required to pay a civil penalty of $378,215.  The CAFO also requires the Respondent to spend at least $22,000 on a supplemental environmental project to provide equipment to the Mont Belvieu Fire Department.  The AOC requires the Respondent to submit to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, an application for a revision to the facility’s Title V permit which would incorporate a Compliance Schedule into the Respondent’s Title V permit.  The Compliance Schedule requires the Respondent to perform overdue mechanical integrity inspections according to a schedule set forth in the Title V permit revision application.

Fort Smith, AR:  On April 6, 2015, a consent decree (CD) was filed/entered in the United States District Court of the Western District of Arkansas, Fort Smith Division.  The CD settles the long outstanding compliance issues against the city of Fort Smith for violations of the Clean Water Act and its NPDES permits, primarily due to sewer system overflows.  In 2005, Region 6 referred the case to the Department of Justice for a civil/judicial action for the violations. The CD requires the City to address injunctive relief issues at an estimated cost of $255 million. The CD also requires the City to pay a civil penalty of $300,000 and implement a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP). The SEP will repair or replace defective Private Service Lines of low-income property owners and the total cost of the project must be least $400,000.

Rentech Nitrogen Pasadena, LLC, Pasadena, Texas:  On March 26, 2015, a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) was filed settling an enforcement action with Rentech Nitrogen Pasadena, LLC. The CAFO settles violations of the Risk Management Program pursuant to the Clean Air Act and the implementing regulations.  On April 20, 2014, Rentech experienced a release of anhydrous ammonia related to over-filling of an anhydrous ammonia tank during barge unloading operations.  Rentech has agreed to pay $99,900 to resolve the alleged violations. 

Update on New Mexico Drinking Water Notice of Violation Warning Letters:  In February, the Region sent out warning letters to over 200 public water systems in New Mexico, notifying them of 298 outstanding violations (not returned to compliance) for failure to issue timely public notice (PN), and 172 unaddressed violations for failure to issue a yearly consumer confidence report (CCR). The deadline for issuing past due PNs was set for April 15, 2015, and through close collaboration between EPA and the New Mexico Environment Department, 92 PN violations have thus far returned to compliance. The deadline for issuing past due CCRs is July 1, 2015, and 48 CCR violations have so far returned to compliance. An additional 55 PN and CCR violations are either awaiting data entry, or EPA/NMED are actively providing guidance to these systems.

Si usted necesita más información en español, por favor contacte a la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA) Region 6,  División de Relaciones Exteriores al teléfono 214.665.2200 o si usted se encuentra en AR, LA, NM, OK, ó TX por favor llamar al teléfono 1-800-887-6063.

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