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 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 the City of Salina, Kansas, a municipality, for alleged violations related to its publicly owned treatment plant (“POTW”) located at 596 North Marymount Road, Salina, Kansas 67401.
Under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g), the EPA is authorized to issue orders assessing civil penalties for various violations of the Clean Water Act. The EPA may issue such orders after filing a Complaint commencing either a Class I or Class II penalty proceeding. 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 the EPA’s Consolidated Rules, 40 C.F.R. Part 22.
In this case, the EPA alleges that Respondent land-applied biosolids from the POTW in violation of Section 405 of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1345. The EPA alleges that Respondent land-applied biosolids in 2016, 2017 and 2018 that contained molybdenum in excess of the allowable ceiling concentration in violation of the regulation for land application set forth in 40 C.F.R. Part 503. Respondent has reached agreement with the EPA on the terms of a proposed Consent Agreement/Final Order which would resolve this matter. Under the proposed Consent Agreement/Final Order, Respondent will pay a mitigated civil penalty of $15,188, and shall perform a Supplemental Environmental Project (“SEP”) with a value of not less than $60,000. The SEP includes design, construction and implementation of a pollution prevention project that will address toxic algae in a public pond located in Jerry Ivey Park, Salina, Kansas. Final approval of the proposed Consent Agreement/Final Order is subject to the requirements of 40 C.F.R. § 22.45.
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. All such comments shall be submitted to the Regional Hearing Clerk at the address provided below. 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 obtain additional information on the proceeding, receive a copy of the EPA’s Consolidated Rules, review the proposed Consent Agreement/Final Order, comment upon the proposed penalty assessment, or otherwise participate in the proceeding should contact the Regional Hearing Clerk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, 11201 Renner Blvd, Lenexa, KS 66219. Please reference Docket No. CWA-07-2019-0041. For Technical questions contact Jodi Bruno, Water Branch, at email@example.com, at the above mailing address or 913-551-7810. Persons with legal questions may contact Patricia Gillispie Miller, Office of Regional Counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org, at the above mailing address or 913-551-7283. In order to provide opportunity for public comment, the EPA will issue no final order assessing a penalty in this proceeding prior to forty (40) days from the date of this notice.
Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division
U.S. EPA, Region 7