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Notice of Proposed Consent Agreement for Clean Water Act Violations and Opportunity to Comment in the Matter of Air Louvers/Activar Construction Products Group, Inc., Commerce, California

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Publication Date: January 13, 2014
Public Comment Closes: February 12, 2014

In the Matter of Air Louvers/Activar Construction Products Group, Inc.

Docket No. CWA-09-2013-0002

EPA is authorized under Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act (the “Act”), 33 U.S.C. Section 1319(g), to assess administrative penalties against any person who fails to comply with the requirements of regulations enacted in accordance with Section 301 of the Act, 33 U.S.C. Section 1311. This action under Section 309(g) is conducted in accordance with “Consolidated Rules of Practice Governing the Administrative Assessment of Civil Penalties, Issuance of Compliance or Corrective Action Orders, and the Revocation, Termination or Suspension of Permits” (“Consolidated Rules”), set forth at 40 C.F.R. Part 22.  EPA is hereby providing public notice of and opportunity to comment on this proposed Consent Agreement in the following matter:

In the Matter of Air Louvers/Activar Construction Products Group, Inc.
Docket No. CWA-09-2013-0002

Complainant: Kathleen H. Johnson, Director, Enforcement Division, U.S. EPA, Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Respondents: Air Louvers/Activar Construction Products Group, Inc., 6285 Randolph Street, Commerce, California 90040

Description of Business or Activity Conducted by the Respondents:  Manufacturing.

Alleged Violations: In the proposed Consent Agreement (PDF) (10 pp, 288K), EPA alleges that Air Louvers/Activar Construction Products Group, Inc. discharged process wastewater from its Commerce, California facility to the Los Angeles County Sanitation District sewer system which violated the categorical metal pretreatment standards for copper and zinc on ten occasions between May 2006 and January 2011.

Proposed Order and Penalty: $43,000.

Name, Mailing Address, Telephone Number, and Email of Regional Hearing Clerk

Steven Armsey
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX
75 Hawthorne Street (ORC-1)
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 972-3919

Please provide the following information along with your comments and submit them in accordance with Part 22: Your full name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, the Docket Number (CWA-9-2013-0002), and a concise statement of the basis for and relevant facts supporting any comment for the case to which you are commenting. Persons wishing to comment on this case, including comments on the amount or basis of the proposed penalty, are invited to submit a statement to the EPA Regional Administrator, attention of the Regional Hearing Clerk (address above), within 30 days of the date of this public notice. All comments received within this 30-day period will be considered in the issuance of the final order. If the 30th day of the comment period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or federal holiday, the deadline shall be extended to the next business day. See 40 C.F.R. 22.7(a).

For More Information

Persons wishing to receive a copy of Part 22, review the documents filed by the parties in this proceeding, comment upon the proposed penalty assessment, or participate in any hearing that may be held, should contact the Regional Hearing Clerk identified above. Unless otherwise noted the public record for the proceeding is located in the EPA Regional Office at 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105, and the file will be open for public inspection during normal business hours.

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