Enforcement

If a facility is in violation of air quality requirements, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency issues a Notice of Violation (NOV). NOVs are certified letters sent to companies identifying air quality rule violations and requiring the company to end the violation and/or submit a plan to resolve the violation. If a facility has been issued a NOV and the violation is substantial (serious) or compliance cannot be achieved within a short period of time, Enforcement Action Referrals (EARs) are prepared and submitted to the OEPA for final resolution. Violation of permit requirements can result in fines or additional controls.

Enforcement Activity

2010

2011

2012

Warning Letters

57

37

14

NOVs Issued

30

26

49

Enforcement Cases

9

1

3

Settlement Fines

$3,389,455*

$9,450

$14,250

* This 2010 civil penalty included a large settlement with INEOS.