Environmental Noncompliance leaves company with stiff penalties

Maintaining compliance in the workplace is an ongoing process of utmost importance. Staying up to date on environmental rules and regulations can keep you and your company safe, and free from costly fines and regulatory scrutiny.

Recently, a ready-mix cement company was charged with a stormwater enforcement case against them from the EPA and the U.S. Justice Department. Violating the Clean Water Act at 18 of their ready-mix concrete plants, the settlement will result in a large penalty fine of $360,000, compliance upgrades costing approximately $1.8 million, and a supplemental environmental project (SEP) for the conservation of over 400 acres of land (at a value of around $2.36 million).

“Stormwater and water that runs off of trucks being washed at ready-mix concrete plants has a very high pH and contains oils, greases, and high levels of total suspended solids,” according to EPA’s press release. The press release goes on to state “The violations included CEMEX’s failure to implement best management practices at its facilities to properly operate and maintain storm water control measures, conduct required inspections and keep up to date stormwater pollution prevention plans as required by the general permit for stormwater discharges from industrial facilities.”

Did you know ECATTS offers multiple Stormwater training courses? From basic overviews like awareness, to federal laws, pollution prevention plans, NPDES Phase I and II, permitting, and penalties for non-compliance. The cost of getting the environmental training you need is far less than the potential fines, environmental destruction, tarnished reputation and even decline in future business.

Reduce your Environmental Risk with ECATTS. Visit us to view all of our training courses available now at ecatts.com.

 

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