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 Jefferson, Iowa, a municipality, for alleged violations its wastewater treatment plant (“WWTP”) located at 605 West Russell Street, Jefferson, Iowa 50129.
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 I civil penalty pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 1319(g)(4)(A). Class I proceedings are conducted under the EPA’s Consolidated Rules, 40 C.F.R. Part 22.
In this case, the EPA alleges that Respondent violated the requirements of Section 405 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. § 1345, and regulations at 40 C.F.R. Part 503, regarding the management and application of biosolids. Specifically, EPA alleges that Respondent failed to perform required monitoring for pollutants in biosolids from its WWTP prior to applying the biosolids to land in 2016 and 2017, failed to submit its 2016 and 2017 Annual Reports regarding biosolids management, and applied biosolids to land in 2018 and 2019 that contained arsenic in excess of the allowable ceiling concentration limitation in violation of Section 405 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. § 1345 and regulations at 40 C.F.R. § 503.13(b). 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 civil penalty of $13,900. 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 I order or participate in a Class I 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 Regional Hearing Clerk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, 11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, Kansas 66219. Please reference Docket No. CWA-07-2019-0213. For Technical questions contact Erin Kleffner, Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division, at firstname.lastname@example.org at the above mailing address or 913-551-7921. Persons with legal questions may contact Patricia Gillispie Miller, Office of Regional Counsel, at email@example.com, 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