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Documents related to proposed CAFO, MM-05-2021-0002

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5, is providing notice of intent to execute a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) with Haviland Products Company, Inc. and Haviland Consumer Products, Inc. (collectively, “Haviland” or “Respondents”) for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA). On August 1 – 4, 2016, EPA conducted an inspection of Haviland Products Company, Inc.’s facilities located at 421 Ann Street, N.W., Grand Rapids, Michigan and at 1855 Turner Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Corner Building), and Haviland Consumer Products, Inc.’s operations at the Corner Building. EPA also reviewed information submitted by Haviland after the inspection. Based on the inspection and review of information, EPA determined that Haviland allegedly violated Sections 301 and 307 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. §§ 1311 and 1317 by discharging dichlobenil from the pesticide formulating, packaging, repackaging operations at the Corner Building into the City of Grand Rapids Publicly Owned Treatment Works. On November 30, 2018, Haviland Products Company, Inc. and EPA executed an Administrative Consent Order (the Order) to address compliance. Both Haviland Products Company, Inc. and Haviland Consumer Products, Inc. have ceased discharge of process wastewater containing dichlobenil.

The CAFO will resolve Respondents’ liability for civil penalties for the alleged violations of the CWA. As part of a multi-media settlement involving alleged violations of other federal environmental laws, EPA and Respondents have agreed that Respondents will pay a civil penalty of $153,004 to resolve the alleged CWA violations.

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