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Notice of Proposed Settlement of Clean Water Act Class II Administrative Penalty and Opportunity to Comment: In the Matter of AAA Plating and Inspection, Inc.

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Publication Date: September 6, 2012 
Public Comment Closes: October 16, 2012

In the Matter of AAA Plating and Inspection, Inc.

Docket No. CWA-09-2012-0003

In accordance with section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), and the Consolidated Rules of Practice at 40 C.F.R Part 22, notice is hereby given to a proposed settlement, recorded in a Consent Agreement and Proposed Final Order (“Proposed Consent Agreement”) (PDF) (16 pp, 200K), between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 (“EPA”), and AAA Plating and Inspection, Inc. to resolve the following civil administrative penalty proceeding under section 309(g).

In the Matter of AAA Plating and Inspection, Inc., Docket No. CWA-09-2012-0003;

Complainant: Director, Water Division, EPA, Region 9
U.S. EPA, Region IX
75 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105;

Respondent: AAA Plating and Inspection, Inc., which provides metal finishing and other services, such as inspection, testing, and painting, at 424 Dixon Street, Compton, California 90222.

Description of Business or Activity Conducted by the Respondent: metal finishing and other services, such as inspection, testing, and painting, at 424 Dixon Street, Compton, California 90222

Mailing Address and Telephone Number of Regional Hearing Clerk:

Regional Hearing Clerk
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX
75 Hawthorne Street (ORC-1)
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 972-3919
r9hearingclerk@epa.gov

On or about August 7, 2012, pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 22.13(b), Complainant and Respondent entered into a Proposed Consent Agreement to simultaneously commence and conclude this CWA Class II civil administrative penalty proceeding. The Proposed Consent Agreement requires Respondent to pay to the United States a penalty of seventy-four thousand dollars ($74,000.00). Payment of this penalty will resolve EPA’s allegations that the Respondent violated Section 307(d) of the CWA by failing to meet the numeric effluent limitations in the federal categorical pretreatment standards a total of forty-nine (49) times for the time period reviewed, by failing to meet reporting requirements in 40 C.F.R. § 403.12(b) on two occasions, and by failing to monitor properly for cyanide in accordance with 40 C.F.R. § 433.12(c), all as described in the Proposed Consent Agreement.

Instructions for Submitting Comments:

Any person wishing to participate in the proceeding must notify the Regional Hearing Clerk in writing, either by email to r9hearingclerk@epa.gov or by mail or hand delivery to the Regional Hearing Clerk, USEPA, Region 9, 75 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105, attention Docket No. CWA-09-2012-0003, within forty (40) days from the publication date of this notice and comply with the comment requirements of the Consolidated Rules at 40 C.F.R. § 22.45(c).

For More Information:

Any persons wishing to receive a copy of the Consolidated Rules or review the Proposed Consent Agreement may contact the Regional Hearing Clerk by mail or email (see contact information above) or by phone at (415) 972-3871. During the comment period, the Proposed Consent Agreement may also be inspected during business hours at the office of the Regional Hearing Clerk.

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