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2009 Region 10 Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results

Enforcement is a tool to protect people and the environment,” said Michelle Pirzadeh EPA acting Regional Administrator in Seattle. “We’ve found there are many ways to inspire compliance, but taking enforcement action is sometimes the most effective way to help keep our communities safe and our land, air and water protected. - Michelle Pirzadeh, Acting Regional Administrator

Enforcement work in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska during 2009 required companies to perform $75,000,000 worth of pollution control and cleanup work, an $18,000,000 increase over 2008.

Inspections Conducted: 1,183 inspections in 17 different environmental programs.

Penalties Assessed: A combined total of $3,009,725 of administrative and judicial penalties (an increase of $370,000 in non-CERCLA penalties over 2008).

Superfund Enforcement Executed: 2009 Superfund enforcement actions caused liable parties to commit to spending $452,586,331 for Superfund Site cleanup.

Pollution Reduced: Aggregate actions caused the reduction or treatment of 124, 268,115 pounds of pollution, an increase of more than five times the 2008* (heavily influenced by the result of a single NPDES construction stormwater case against the Alaska Gold Company).

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Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results
Numbers at a Glance
Region 10

Civil Enforcement
Estimated Environmental Benefits – Commitments to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment:  
  Direct Environmental Benefits  
 
  • Pollution Reduced, Treated or Eliminated (Pounds) (1)
124,268,115
 
  • Hazardous Waste Treated, Minimized, or Properly Disposed of (Pounds) (1)  (2)
0
 
  • Contaminated Soil to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
10,437,006
 
  • Contaminated Water to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
6,980,453
 
  • Stream Miles Protected or Restored (Linear Feet)
5,483
 
  • Wetlands Protected or Restored (Acres)
17
 
  • People Protected by Safe Drinking Water Act Enforcement (# of People)
0
Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $484,947,701
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) $517,601
Civil Penalties Assessed  
  Administrative Penalties Assessed $1,626,041
  Judicial Penalties Assessed $1,383,684
  State/Local Judicial Penalties Assessed From Joint Federal-State/Local Enforcement Actions (3) $40,000
  Stipulated Penalties Paid $0
   
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Referrals of Civil Judicial Enforcement Cases to Department of Justice (DOJ) 19
Supplemental Referrals of Civil Judicial Enforcement Cases to DOJ 2
Civil Judicial Complaints Filed with Court 10
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 11
Administrative Penalty Order Complaints 170
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 172
Administrative Compliance Orders 58
Cases with Supplemental Environmental Projects 10
   
EPA Compliance Monitoring Activities
Inspections/Evaluations 1,183
Civil Investigations 8
Number of Regulated Entities Taking Complying Actions during EPA Inspections/Evaluations 105
 
Superfund Cleanup Enforcement
Amount Committed by Liable Parties to Clean up Superfund Sites $452,586,331
Amount Committed by Liable Parties to Pay for Government Oversight of Superfund Cleanups $62,894,639
Amount Committed by Liable Parties to Reimburse the Government for Money Spent Cleaning up Superfund Sites $62,894,639
   
Voluntary Disclosures
Commitments to Reduce, Treat or Eliminate Pollution as a Result of Voluntary Disclosures (pounds) 0
Voluntary Disclosures Initiated (Facilities) 7
Voluntary Disclosures Resolved (Facilities) 11
Voluntary Disclosures Initiated (Companies) 7
Voluntary Disclosures Resolved (Companies) 11
   
EPA Compliance Assistance
Entities Provided with EPA Compliance Assistance (4) 7,011

Sources for Data displayed in this document: Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Information System (CERCLIS), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Information (RCRAInfo), Air Facility System (AFS), and Permit Compliance System (PCS) October 13, 2009

Footnotes:

  1. Projected reductions to be achieved during the one year period after all actions required to attain full compliance have been completed.
  2. In FY 2008, for the first time, OECA initiated a new Environmental Benefits outcome reporting category to count pounds of "Hazardous Waste Treated, Minimized or Properly Disposed Of " from enforcement cases. OECA has determined that none of the previously established outcome categories are appropriate for counting the environmental benefits obtained from EPA’s hazardous waste cases. For FY 2008, this new pilot category includes only results from RCRA cases, but, in the future, similar results obtained from enforcement actions under other statutes, particularly CERCLA, may also be included.
  3. This measure generated by a recommendation from the General Accounting Office, requires that EPA now report on penalties assessed in judicial enforcement cases that are awarded to a state/co-plaintiff.
  4. EPA provides assistance using a variety of tools including workshops, facility visits, posting web-based information, responding to specific calls about regulations, etc.

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Federal Data Presented State-by-state

EPA works in partnership with states in targeting federal enforcement where it produces the most environmental benefit. The data below shows EPA's activities and achievements.

Caveat - A single enforcement case that addresses facilities located in more than one state will be counted in the total for each state with a facility. The results achieved from this enforcement action will also be counted in each state with a facility. 

Region 10, Alaska

Civil Enforcement
Estimated Environmental Benefits – Commitments to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment:
    Direct Environmental Benefits  
  • Pollution Reduced, Treated or Eliminated (Pounds) (1)
118,282,126
  • Hazardous Waste Treated, Minimized or Properly Disposed Of (Pounds) (1)  (2)
0
  • Contaminated Soil to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
0
  • Contaminated Water to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
0
Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $16,424,618
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) $14,800
Civil Penalties Assesssed $1,299,743
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 3
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 10
Administrative Compliance Orders 12

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Region 10, Idaho

Civil Enforcement
Estimated Environmental Benefits – Commitments to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment:
    Direct Environmental Benefits  
  • Pollution Reduced, Treated or Eliminated (Pounds) (1)
1,060,564
  • Hazardous Waste Treated, Minimized or Properly Disposed Of (Pounds) (1)  (2)
0
  • Contaminated Soil to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
10,404,006
  • Contaminated Water to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
5,000,000
Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $416,986,074
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) $184,810
Civil Penalties Assesssed $715,408
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 1
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 37
Administrative Compliance Orders 19

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Region 10, Oregon

Civil Enforcement
Estimated Environmental Benefits – Commitments to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment:
    Direct Environmental Benefits  
  • Pollution Reduced, Treated or Eliminated (Pounds) (1)
237,070
  • Hazardous Waste Treated, Minimized or Properly Disposed Of (Pounds) (1)  (2)
0
  • Contaminated Soil to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
33,000
  • Contaminated Water to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
0
Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $9,168,311
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) $120,545
Civil Penalties Assesssed $580,110
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 3
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 16
Administrative Compliance Orders 15

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Region 10, Washington

Civil Enforcement
Estimated Environmental Benefits – Commitments to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment:
    Direct Environmental Benefits  
  • Pollution Reduced, Treated or Eliminated (Pounds) (1)
4,688,355
  • Hazardous Waste Treated, Minimized or Properly Disposed Of (Pounds) (1)  (2)
0
  • Contaminated Soil to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
403,994
  • Contaminated Water to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
1,980,453
Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $78,266,289
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) $197,446
Civil Penalties Assesssed $414,464
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 5
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 109
Administrative Compliance Orders 12

Sources for Data displayed for Federal Data Presented State-by-State: Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS)

Footnotes:

  1. Projected reductions to be achieved during the one year period after all actions required to attain full compliance have been completed.
  2. In FY 2008, for the first time, OECA initiated a new Environmental Benefits outcome reporting category to count pounds of "Hazardous Waste Treated, Minimized or Properly Disposed Of" from enforcement cases. OECA has determined that none of the previously established outcome categories are appropriate for counting the environmental benefits obtained from EPA's hazardous waste cases. For FY 2008, this new pilot category includes only results from RCRA cases, but, in the future, similar results obtained from enforcement actions under other statutes, particularly CERCLA, may also be included.

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Federal Case Highlights Presented State-by-state

Alaska

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Washington

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