The Weekly Activity Report from EPA Region V for the week of November 15, 2010, provides information on enforcement action at the City of East Grand Forks, Minnesota. At issues was violations under section 112 (r) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). According to the EPA, “The CAA general duty clause directs owners and operators of stationary sources to identify hazards that may result from accidental releases, to design and maintain a safe facility, and to minimize the consequences of releases when they occur.”
The EPA reports that City of East Grand Forks was cited for 34 violations of section 112(r) of the CAA. The violations “…represent failure to prepare and implement an effective risk management plan for chlorine used at the City’s drinking water facility.”
The settlement requires the City to pay a cash penalty of $42,000.
In a second story, according to an article in the Illinois Times, “The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency vows to step up enforcement of anti-pollution rules on factory farms after criticism from the federal government and environmental advocates.”
The article goes on to say that in a letter dated November 1, 2010, “IEPA responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several Illinois-based environmental groups that claimed IEPA was not effectively regulating confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) under the federal Clean Water Act.”
Of course the question is – will the squeaky complaints wheel get regulatory grease? Time will tell but it seems there is more “noise” about enforcement of late. See the article here: http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/article-8016-iepa-vows-to-step-up-factory-farm-enforcement.html