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Violation of Compliance and the Law

Using the news article below, it shows there has been a violation of compliance or the law. Please answer the following questions with a 150 - 200 word response:

1. Summarize the article (violation).
2. What do you think the organization in violation could have done differently?
3. What impact does the violation have on the surrounding community?

If other sources are used, please cite those sources in APA format at the bottom of your response, if not just use below article.

News Releases - Hazardous Waste
EBV Explosives Environmental Company to Pay $580,135 Penalty for Air, Hazardous Waste Violations at Carthage, Mo.
Release Date: 12/19/2012 Contact Information: Ben Washburn, [email address removed by system]
Environmental News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Lenexa, Kan., Dec. 19, 2012) - EBV Explosives Environmental Company, doing business as General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems - Munitions Services, has agreed to pay a $580,135 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) at its facility in Carthage, Mo.

In February 2011, EBV sent a letter to EPA that informed the Agency that stack tests conducted in October 2010 indicated that the hydrogen chloride emission rate at the facility was above permitted levels.
Alleged violations at the facility include operation of a thermal treatment unit without obtaining a valid permit, in violation of the Missouri State Implementation Plan and the Clean Air Act; operating in noncompliance with its Hazardous Waste Management Facility permit from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on several occasions by exceeding its permitted emission limits for dioxins and furans, hydrogen chloride and chlorine gas, and particulate matter and its permitted operating parameters for stack flow rate; and failure to operate monitors that record the operating parameters and conditions used to verify compliance with the permit.
EPA and EBV entered into an Administrative Order on Consent under the Clean Air Act in January 2012, which required EBV to install equipment to reduce the facility's hydrogen chloride emissions below permitted levels. Since the order was issued, EBV installed a scrubber, made associated changes to the Propellant Thermal Treatment Unit, and completed stack testing to demonstrate that the facility's emissions are below permitted levels.

"EPA's enforcement of these important environmental laws has caused EBV to cut particulate emissions by approximately 1,240 pounds per year and hydrogen chloride and chlorine gas emissions by 200,000 pounds per year," said EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks. "EBV's commendable step to install and operate new technology to prevent excess emissions of these chemicals will mean cleaner air and better health for Carthage area residents."

As a result of the settlement, EBV has agreed to provide EPA with documentation on a monthly basis that demonstrates it is in full compliance with its RCRA permit.

Solution Preview

Based upon the information given in the article, we can see where management at EBV could have performed differently. The article explains how EBV violated EPA laws due to their high levels of certain emissions. The EPA laws, and more particularly, the emissions standards are in place in every state in the country to protect the population. Companies can't release certain chemicals and toxins into the air above known levels of safety due to the dangers that the chemicals and toxins ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses steps the organization could have taken to prevent the violation from occurring, and the impact that the violation has on the surrounding community. The article is also put into summary form for the student.

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