Valley Paving & Asphalt Inc., Cottonwood, Idaho, has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the release of air pollutants without a Clean Air Act permit. Valley Paving & Asphalt operates asphalt mixing equipment in the Northwest. The incident took place on the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho.
In a statement, Kim Ogle, manager of the inspection and enforcement unit at EPA’s Seattle office, says, “The law requires companies that produce air pollution get the proper permits before they start work. Permits are fundamental to protecting people and the air they breathe, and companies need to play by the rules.”
According to the EPA office, Valley Paving operated the asphalt mixing equipment for paving roads on the Nez Perce Reservation in September 2011 without a required permit. In addition, the company failed to submit an annual registration report to EPA under the Federal Air Rules for Reservations.
The company has agreed to pay $36,360 to settle the violations.