Friday, March 29, 2013

Heavenly Fined $120K for Environmental Violations That Threaten Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe has been fined $120,000 by California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for violating the state’s hazardous waste laws.
The fine: $94,000 in penalties and $26,000 in administrative costs
In September 2010 a compliance inspection found
  1. A lack of controls to prevent spillage and overflow of a used oil tank
  2. Failure to have a tank holding used oil assessed and inspected
  3. Failure to provide ongoing training to the emergency coordinator managing hazardous waste
  4. Failure to maintain secondary containment for the used oil tank
  5. Failure to provide secondary containment to pipes connected to the tank.
More on this Story from firsttracksonline.com
“Compliance with the Hazardous Waste Control is vital to protecting the environment close to Lake Tahoe,” Paul Kewin, assistant deputy director of the DTSC’s Enforcement and Emergency Response program, said in a press release issued on Wednesday. “The settlement signifies the department’s continuing efforts to uphold both environment safety and compliance with existing law.”
The violations resulted in a lawsuit filed in Sacramento County Superior Court by the DTSC against Heavenly, which was resolved by the $120,000 settlement that was approved by Judge David I. Brown on February 27, 2013. Department officials indicate that Heavenly recently paid the fine.
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