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http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110621/ARTICLE/110629906
North Port must pay EPA $11,000 in fines

By John Davis

Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.

Last Modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.


NORTH PORT - A one-hour delay is costing North Port more than $11,000 in fines from federal regulators for failing to alert them of a bleach spill last year.

In September, a broken coupling at a booster station in the western section of North Port spewed 1,200 gallons of sodium hypochlorite used in water purification. The spill was contained in a nearby retention pond that, according to regulators, did not harm animals or plant life. North Port Utilities contacted state and county officials within two hours, well within the state guideline of a 24-hour notification period.

What the city did not know was that chlorine-based substances are closely monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA requires notification of its National Response Center within 15 minutes for any spill over 200 gallons.
North Port had missed the deadline by an hour on a spill that was 1,000 gallons over the limit.

"To get fined for it was a little disheartening, but we understood," said Cindi Mick, North Port Utilities director. She said North Port was prompt in its response to the spill and contained it without damage.

"After careful consideration of the information discussed in the show cause meeting, EPA calculated a base penalty of $17,710," said a letter to North Port outlining the violation. "EPA reduced this to $11,505 (35% reduction) based on the City of North Port's attitude and cooperation."

"We accepted responsibility," Mick said.

North Port received final word that the settlement was approved June 6, and the commission is expected to officially approve payment at its next meeting.

"They have strict requirements and we understand it," Mick said


http://www.yoursun.com/sunnews/northport/2588621-290/sunnewspapersepafinescity11505.html.csp

These guys spilled "bleach" and only got the fine for not reporting in a timely matter.
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
Raise Taxes, I'm fining myself later this week. I'm writing that off!!!

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110621/ARTICLE/110629906
North Port must pay EPA $11,000 in fines

By John Davis

Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.

Last Modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.


NORTH PORT - A one-hour delay is costing North Port more than $11,000 in fines from federal regulators for failing to alert them of a bleach spill last year.

In September, a broken coupling at a booster station in the western section of North Port spewed 1,200 gallons of sodium hypochlorite used in water purification. The spill was contained in a nearby retention pond that, according to regulators, did not harm animals or plant life. North Port Utilities contacted state and county officials within two hours, well within the state guideline of a 24-hour notification period.

What the city did not know was that chlorine-based substances are closely monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA requires notification of its National Response Center within 15 minutes for any spill over 200 gallons.
North Port had missed the deadline by an hour on a spill that was 1,000 gallons over the limit.

"To get fined for it was a little disheartening, but we understood," said Cindi Mick, North Port Utilities director. She said North Port was prompt in its response to the spill and contained it without damage.

"After careful consideration of the information discussed in the show cause meeting, EPA calculated a base penalty of $17,710," said a letter to North Port outlining the violation. "EPA reduced this to $11,505 (35% reduction) based on the City of North Port's attitude and cooperation."

"We accepted responsibility," Mick said.

North Port received final word that the settlement was approved June 6, and the commission is expected to officially approve payment at its next meeting.

"They have strict requirements and we understand it," Mick said


http://www.yoursun.com/sunnews/northport/2588621-290/sunnewspapersepafinescity11505.html.csp

These guys spilled "bleach" and only got the fine for not reporting in a timely matter.
 
1,200 gallons of sodium hypochlorite used in water purification. You...you mean, this same stuff is used to purify the WATER WE DRINK, but every hardware store or product they make for cleaning brags they add no bleach to their product because it is so bad for the environment? Are you saying the govt cares more for the environment than they do our health unless they can squeeze a few coins out of someone?

:indecisive:
 

Alexy

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I find it disturbing that the EPA can base a fine, or it's reduction based on thier opinion of your attitude.
 

bears

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I have one better....here they based the fine on what the fine on what the water commission saved by not doing it the right way. Its scary to think they can just make up a number.
 
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