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2010 Region 10 Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results

Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results

Map of EPA Region 10 with links to federal enforcement data state by state Alaska Idaho Oregon Washington


Enforcement work in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska during 2010 resulted in companies performing $107,300,000 worth of pollution control and cleanup work, up from $75,000,000 in 2009.

Pollution Reduced: Combined actions caused the amount of pollution either treated, reduced or eliminated to almost double, from 124,268,115 pounds 2009 to 220,961,050 pounds in 2010.

Penalties Assessed: A combined total of $4,929,721 in administrative and judicial penalties were assessed, up from $3,009,725 in 2009.

Inspections/Investigations Conducted: EPA inspectors visited facilities across the Region to perform 1,059 inspections, off slightly from the 1,183 total in 2009.

Enforcing environmental laws is one of EPA’s fundamental responsibilities. Our laws help us keep our water safe, our land clean and our air clear. By running a fair and consistent enforcement program, we provide the protection our communities expect and the certainty sought by business and industry. - Dennis McLerran, Regional Administrator

 

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Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results
Numbers at a Glance
Region 10

Results Obtained from EPA Civil Enforcement Actions
Estimated Environmental Benefit Commitments:  
  Direct Environmental Benefits  
 
  • Pollution Reduced, Treated or Eliminated (Pounds) (1)
220,961,050
 
  • Hazardous WastesTreated, Minimized or Properly Disposed Of (Pounds) (1)
0
 
  • Contaminated Soil to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
201,838
 
  • Contaminated Water to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
36,269
 
  • Stream Miles Protected or Restored (Linear Feet)
10,000
 
  • Wetlands Protected or Restored (Acres)
19
 
  • People Protected by Safe Drinking Water Act Enforcement (# of People)
45
Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $107,300,083
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) $430,837
Civil Penalties Assessed  
  Administrative Penalties Assessed $1,471,557
  Judicial Penalties Assessed $2,913,164
  State/Local Judicial Penalties Asses From Joint Federal-State/Local Enforcement Actions (2) $195,250
  Stipulated Penalties Assessed $186,000
   
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Referrals of Civil Judicial Enforcement Cases to Department of Justice (DOJ) 18
Supplemental Referrals of Civil Judicial Enforcement Cases to DOJ 2
Civil Judicial Complaints Filed with Court 17
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 24
Administrative Penalty Order Complaints 184
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 187
Administrative Compliance Orders 45
Cases with Supplemental Environmental Projects 4
   
Compliance Monitoring Activities
Inspections/Evaluations 1,039
Civil Investigations 20
Number of Regulated Entities Taking Complying Actions as a Direct Results of On-Site EPA Inspections/Evaluations 88
 
Superfund Cleanup Enforcement
Amount Committed by Liable Parties to Clean up Superfund Sites $28,822,769
Amount Committed by Liable Parties to Pay for Government Oversight of Superfund Cleanups $13,516,055
Amount Committed by Liable Parties to Reimburse the Government for Money Spent Cleaning up Superfund Sites $4,028,619
   
Voluntary Disclosure Program
Commitments to Reduce, Treat or Eliminate Pollution as a Result of Voluntary Disclosures (pounds) 0
Voluntary Disclosures Initiated (Facilities) 15
Voluntary Disclosures Resolved (Facilities) 12
Voluntary Disclosures Initiated (Companies) 9
Voluntary Disclosures Resolved (Companies) 9
   
Compliance Assistance
Assistance Tools (3) 25
Workshops and Training 35
Facility Visits, Re-visits and Ongoing Facility Specific Work 144

Sources for Data displayed for Numbers at a Glance:  Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS), Criminal Case Reporting System, 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, 2010.

Footnotes:

(1)Projected reductions to be achieved during the one year period after all actions required to attain full compliance have been completed.

(2)This measure reports on penalties assessed in federal civil judicial enforcement cases that are awarded to a state or local government co-plaintiff in the case.

(3)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)
213,701,370
  • 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) $2,347,070
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) 0
Civil Penalties Assesssed $1,327,800
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 4
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 7
Administrative Compliance Orders 13

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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)
3,821,812
  • Contaminated Soil to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
176,213
  • Contaminated Water to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
21,290
Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $4,633,834
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) $41,400
Civil Penalties Assesssed $1,445,284
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 14
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 26
Administrative Compliance Orders 11

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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)
14,611
  • Contaminated Soil to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
74
  • Contaminated Water to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
0
Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $276,109
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) 0
Civil Penalties Assesssed $117,850
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 1
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 21
Administrative Compliance Orders 2

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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)
3,140,529
  • Contaminated Soil to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
25,551
  • Contaminated Water to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards)
14,979
Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $14,062,275
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) $90,192
Civil Penalties Assesssed $2,034,909
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 5
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 135
Administrative Compliance Orders 19

Footnotes:

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

(1) Projected reductions to be achieved during the one year period after all actions required to attain full compliance have been completed.

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Federal Case Highlights Presented State-by-state

Alaska Highlights

Alaska Seafood Company Agrees to Pay More than $500,000 to Resolve Alleged Environmental Violations - Westward Seafoods Inc., operator of a seafood processing plant in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, will paid a $570,000 civil penalty as part of a settlement agreement to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. Read the full press release

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Utilities to Pay Nearly $1 Million for Alleged Clean Water Act Violations - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOTPF) and two of its contractors agreed to pay over $1 million to resolve allegations that each violated the Clean Water Act at numerous sites in Alaska. Read the full press release

Landowners Ordered to Restore Salmon Stream and Wetlands near Haines, Alaska - Robert and Nancy Loomis of Kilgore, Texas, were ordered to repair damaged wetlands, restore a salmon stream and better manage stormwater runoff on their property located near Haines, Alaska. The Loomis’ received the Order after EPA alleged they discharged fill material, consisting of mud, dirt, gravel and rock, to this valuable fish and wildlife habitat. Read the full press release

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Idaho Highlights

Goodman Oil agrees to pay over $171,000 for storage tank violations at gas stations across Idaho - The Goodman Oil Company and Goodman Oil Company of Lewiston were fined $171,091 for a series of fuel storage tank violations at former gas stations across Idaho under a settlement with EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice. Read the full press release

Cheese Manufacturer Sorrento Lactalis to Pay U.S. $315,000 for Exceeding Discharge Levels Into Idaho’s Mason Creek -Cheese manufacturer Sorrento Lactalis Inc. was fined $315,000 for excess discharges in violation of its wastewater permit levels, according to an agreement between the company, the U.S. Department of Justice and EPA. Read the full press release

EPA Orders Simplot Cattle Feeding Company to change stock watering practice at Grand View, ID, feedlot to protect the Snake River - EPA issued the Simplot Cattle Feeding Company a legal order to halt discharges from its nearly 700-acre feedlot complex near Grand View, Idaho. Simplot confines between 30,000 and 65,000 cattle year round at this feedlot facility near the Snake River in southeastern Idaho. Read the full press release

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Oregon Highlights

Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad pays $272,900 for diesel spill in Cow Creek derailment - EPA, the State of Oregon and the U.S. Department of Justice settled alleged violations of the Clean Water Act by Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad with a civil penalty of $272,900. The violations are associated with a train derailment that resulted in a 4,200 gallon diesel fuel spill to Cow Creek and its adjoining shoreline. Read the full press release

Region 10 Assesses $35,000 Penalty Against Kinross DeLamar Mining Company for Clean Water Act Violations - The violations include the failure to stabilize exposed areas, contain runoff, sedimentation and the resulting discharge of pollutants, and the failure to manage runoff that entered Cabin Gulch. The facility is an inactive gold mine undergoing reclamation located near Jordan Valley, Oregon. Read full press release

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Washington Highlights

Blue Tee Corp. Provides Nearly $1.4 Million for Anderson-Calhoun Mine and Mill Cleanup - A former lead and zinc mine and mill located near Leadpoint, Washington will soon be cleaned up thanks to a $1.36 million settlement agreement between EPA and Blue Tee Corp., the former operator of the site. Read the full press release

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard pays $56,000 for hazardous waste violations - The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility agreed to pay $56,000 for hazardous waste violations at its facility in the Bremerton Naval Complex. Read the full press release

Failure to report ammonia release costs Washington fruit processor close to $107,000 in EPA penalties and plant improvements - Tree Top, Inc. agreed to pay a $21,000 EPA penalty and complete an $85,000 upgrade to its Selah, Washington plant for failing to immediately report a release of ammonia at its fruit processing plant. Read the full press release

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