Violations and Penalties
The State Water Board issued the new Industrial general Permit (IGP), which went into effect July 1st, 2015. The new permit calls for potential civil penalties as high as $37,500 per calendar day for any person who violates IGP conditions. Fines up to $10,000 and imprisonment are also possible for falsification of compliance records required by the IGP.
Third Party Environmental Groups now pose a more serious threat than ever before. Environmental Lawsuits are filed every day against industrial companies. The new IGP requires sample results to be uploaded online to the SMARTS database, creating complete transparency. This allows attorneys to easily access your sample results online. Lawsuits can be hundreds of thousands of dollars in liability, evidenced by a recent settlement of $900,000 in January 2016. Address the risk by implementing BMP solutions that work.