“As of today, Pennsylvania is well below the standard set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency in terms of fine amounts for Clean Air violations. The commonwealth currently issues $20,000 fines to corporations found to be exceeding emission thresholds, while the EPA issues a more significant $37,500 fine for the same offense. This legislation would raise the state’s fine amount to mirror the EPA’s.
“An additional $17,500 would add necessary weight to these fines — enacted solely to deter facilities from violating their permits in the first place — and provide greater incentive for corporations to invest in their facilities to avoid reoccurring violations. It will send a clear message that fines are not just the cost of doing business. . .
“H.B. 1752 would require notification as soon as possible — within 12 hours, at the latest — after a breakdown or accident, unless the risk is eliminated before notice is required. It would also establish the quickest way to notify municipalities of possible pollution risks; communicate measures for community members to undertake in order to mitigate the risk of the air pollution incident; and require yearly plan updates to ensure municipal contact procedures are up to date.”
FULL STORY published August 20, 2019 via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette