An Idaho paving and asphalt company agreed to pay $36,360 to settle a complaint by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA alleged the company violated the Clean Air Act during pavement operations on the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho. The company, Valley Paving & Asphalt, operated asphalt mixing equipment on the Reservation where it allegedly released air pollutants without an authorized Clean Air Act permit.
According to the settlement agreement, while paving roads on the Nez Perce Reservation, the company operated an asphalt mixing machine without a required permit. In addition, the company also failed to submit its annual registration report to the EPA, which is required under Federal Air Rules for Reservations. As a result, fines were issued to the company.
Kim Ogle of the EPA’s Seattle office commented on the case, stating:
“The law requires companies that produce air pollution to get the proper permits before they start work. Permits are fundamental to protecting people and the air they breathe, and companies need to play by the rules.”
This case clearly demonstrates the need to understand the rules before beginning operations on your construction project. My suggestion is to become familiar with the local, state, and federal regulations that impact your business, or hire someone to help you. Either option could prove to be time or money well spent.