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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 continue to vigorously enforce our nation's environmental laws," said EPA, Region 6, Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Division Director, John Blevins. "In close partnership with our State, Tribal, and local partners, Region 6 efforts continue to move us towards our ultimate goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for all communities."

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

2014—2016 National Enforcement Initiatives

  1. Reducing Air Pollution from the Largest Sources
  2. Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater Out of Our Nation’s Waters
  3. Cutting Hazardous Air Pollutants
  4. Preventing Animal Waste from Contaminating Surface and Ground Water
  5. Assuring Energy Extraction Activities Comply with Environmental Laws
  6. Reducing Pollution from Mineral Processing Operations

CAED Accomplishments




2014 Regional Priorities

Air Enforcement
- Develop Transparent and Real Time Enforcement to Address Air Releases (upsets and malfunctions)
- Work with local industry to reduce flaring

Hazardous Waste Enforcement
- Ensure Appropriate and Safe Waste Management
- Ensure Hazardous Waste Treatment Facilities are Permitted

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

CAED In the News and Other Actions

Administrative Complaint for Assessment of Civil Penalties Filed Again the CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Corpus Christi Refinery East Plant, Corpus Christi, Texas: On September 16, 2014, EPA Region 6 filed a Complaint against the CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s Corpus Christi Refinery East Plant, located in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Complaint alleges violations of the Accident Prevention Provisions identified during an EPA inspection of the facility, conducted on June 11-15, 2012. CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery East Plant will have 30 days from filing of the Complaint to provide an answer and/or pay $524,625.

CAFO issued to Pryor Chemical Company, Pryor, Oklahoma: On September 11, 2014, EPA Region 6 filed a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) with Pryor Chemical Company, located in Pryor, Oklahoma. The CAFO is in response to violations of the Accident Prevention Provisions identified during investigation of an accidental release of anhydrous ammonia at the facility on February 6, 2014. Pryor Chemical Company will have 30 days from filing of the Consent Agreement and Final Order to pay $37,500.

Maverick Tube Corporation & Hydril Company, Houston, TX: On September 11, 2014, a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) was entered into with Maverick Tube Corporation & Hydril Company; the parent companies for three Tenaris and Maverick facilities in Houston, Texas, for violations of the requirements of RCRA. All three facilities have systemic issues with waste characterization, pre-transport and storage, identification, and waste counting violations resulting in incorrect reporting of generator status. The CAFO requires a return to compliance and the payment of a $54,925 penalty.

Rubicon, LLC, Geismar, LA, Consent Agreement and Final Order: On August 29, 2014, Region 6 and Rubicon, LLC filed a Consent Agreement and Final Order to resolve alleged violations of 112(r)(1) of the Clean Air Act.  Rubicon agreed to pay $33,000 to resolve the alleged violations stemming from a December 13, 2013, release of hydrochloric acid that injured one employee and caused a shelter-in-place at nearby facilities.

Consent Agreement and Final Order for Dril-Quip Inc., Houston, TX: On August 26, 2014, a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) was issued to Dril-Quip to resolve RCRA violations discovered during the review of data from Dril-Quip’s hazardous waste activities.  The data revealed that on several occasions, Dril-Quip generated quantities of waste that triggered the large quantity generator requirements, and during those periods, Dril-Quip continued to notify and operate as a conditionally exempt small quantity generator.  Dril-Quip was identified based on strategic targeting efforts.  The CAFO requires the payment of $94,900 and compliance with RCRA regulations. 

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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

Air/Toxics Enforcement works with state, local and tribal governments, other federal agencies, businesses and community groups to implement and enforce the Clean Air Act regulations.

Hazardous Waste Enforcement provides guidance on all aspects of managing hazardous wastes and chemical substances; and assures compliance with the regulations set forth for treating, storing and disposal of hazardous wastes including federal facilities.

Water Enforcement assures compliance and takes appropriate enforcement action against facilities for violations of the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water acts, including concentrated animal feed lots and stormwater. Water permits, grants and additional water quality information in the South Central area can be found in this link.

Planning and Coordination performs analyses to support compliance and enforcement activities in the South Central Region; environmental assessments under the National Environmental Policy Act and more.

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