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 Sioux City Compressed Steel Company, Inc.(“Respondent”) for alleged violations at its metal scrap recycling business located at 2600 Boulevard of Champions, Sioux City, Iowa 51101 (“Facility”).
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 its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities, General Permit #1 (IA-3115-2954), in violation of Section 402(p) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1342(p). The EPA alleges that Respondent violated its General Permit authorization because it failed to implement adequate stormwater management controls; failed to have an adequate and accurate Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (“SWPPP”) and/or to amend the Facility’s SWPPP as required; failed to document spills, conduct required inspections, document the inspections and/or maintain records of such spills and inspections; and failed to perform training and maintain records of employee training. 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 $13,500. 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 Lisa Haugen, Regional Hearing Clerk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-551-7877. Please reference Docket No. CWA-07-2020-0116. For technical questions contact Seth Draper, Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division, at email@example.com or 913-551-7080. Persons with legal questions may contact Howard Bunch, Office of Regional Counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-551-7879. 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