Esselte Pendaflex Corporation, Union, Missouri
UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
In accordance with Section 309(g)(4)(A) of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), 33 U.S.C.
§ 1319(g)(4)(A), and 40 C.F.R. § 22.45 of the Consolidated Rules of Practice Governing the Administrative Assessment of Civil Penalties, Issuance of Compliance or Corrective Action Orders, and the Revocation, Termination or Suspension of Permits (“Consolidated Rules”), the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is providing notice of a proposed Administrative Penalty Assessment against Esselte Pendaflex Corporation (“Respondent”). Esselte Pendaflex is a business located at 850 West Park, Union, Missouri.
Under Section 309(g) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), the EPA is authorized to issue orders assessing civil penalties for various violations of the CWA. The EPA and Respondents have settled this matter before a complaint was filed. The EPA provides notice of the proposed assessment of a Class II civil penalty pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g)(4)(A). Class II proceedings are conducted under EPA's Consolidated Rules, 40 C.F.R. Part 22. In this case, the Consent Agreement/Final Order alleges that Respondent violated the General Pretreatment Regulations found at 40 C.F.R. Part 403, and specifically with 40 C.F.R. § 403.5(a) which prohibits industrial users from introducing pollutants into a POTW which result in the “pass through” of pollutants through the POTW, or “interference” with the operations of the POTW. The Consent Agreement/Final Order proposes a penalty of one hundred five thousand dollars ($105,000) for the above violation of the CWA.
The EPA will receive written comments on the proposed Administrative Penalty Assessment for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of publication of this notice. The procedures by which the public may submit written comments on a proposed Class II order or participate in a Class II proceeding, and the procedures by which a respondent may request a hearing, are set forth in the Consolidated Rules. Persons wishing to receive a copy of EPA's Consolidated Rules, review the Consent Agreement/Final Order, comment upon the proposed penalty assessment, or otherwise participate in the proceeding should contact Kathy Robinson, Regional Hearing Clerk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region VII, 901 N. Fifth Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66101. Please reference Docket No. CWA-07-2008-0046. In order to provide opportunity for public comment, EPA will issue no final order assessing a penalty in this proceeding prior to forty (40) days from the date of this notice.
|/s/Betty J Berry for
William A. Spratlin
Water, Wetlands, and Pesticides Division
U.S. EPA, Region 7