The U.S. government has slapped 12 Idaho companies, individuals and municipalities (one of them twice) with fines, charging them with violations of federal standards for clean air, soil and water.
The enforcement actions, out of the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 10, included varying fines depending on the severity of the violations and how quickly they were corrected.
“Enforcing environmental laws is one of EPA’s fundamental responsibilities and helps keep our water safe, our land clean, and our air clear,” said Ed Kowalski, director of EPA Region 10 Compliance and Enforcement. “Vigorous and fair enforcement provides the protection our communities expect and the certainty sought by business and industry.”
In all, Region 10 took nearly 40 enforcement actions in Idaho, Alaska, Oregon and Washington.
Here are the Idaho violators:
Emmett: City of Emmett violated wastewater discharge permit, compliance ordered.
Jerome: Rite Stuff Foods, Inc. violated risk management program rules, fined $2,000.
Cottonwood: Valley Paving & Asphalt, Inc. operated asphalt plant without air permit, fined $36,360.
Boise: Residential Property Management violated lead-based paint disclosure rules, fined $6,800.
Donnelly: David Callister filled wetlands without permit, compliance ordered.
Grand View: Black Sands Marina Resort violated spill prevention, fined $2,500.
Lenore: Brad Grimm burned debris outdoors without air permit, fined $300.
Boise: HD Power Systems violated non-road engine rules, fined $24,000.
Inkom: City of Inkom violated wastewater discharge permit, fined $28,160.
Caldwell: Caldwell Housing Authority violated wastewater discharge permit, compliance ordered.
Pierce: City of Pierce - Wastewater Treatment Plant violated wastewater discharge permit, fined $4,800
Pierce: City of Pierce - Wastewater Treatment Plant violated wastewater discharge permit (second time), fined $2,100
Rexburg: Mother Hibbard’s Co. Store violated underground storage tank rules, fined $420.