Case No. 2008-17720-W





Complainant and Respondent desire to settle and compromise this action without hearing or adjudication of any issue of fact or law, and consent to the entry of the following Findings of Fact and Order. Pursuant to IC 13-30-3-3, entry into the terms of this Agreed Order does not constitute an admission of any violation contained herein.  Respondent's entry into this Agreed Order shall not constitute a waiver of any defense, legal or equitable, which Respondent may have in any future administrative or judicial proceeding, except a proceeding to enforce this order.




1.         Complainant is the Commissioner (“Complainant”) of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (“IDEM”), a department of the State of Indiana created by Indiana Code (“IC”) 13-13-1-1.


2.         Respondent is Univar USA Inc. (“Respondent”), which owns and operates a chemical facility that stores and blends chemicals, located at 7425 E. 30th Street, in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana (the “Site”).


3.         IDEM has jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter of this action.


4.                  Pursuant to IC 13-30-3-3, IDEM issued a Notice of Violation on April 24, 2008, via Certified Mail to:


Univar USA Inc.

Univar USA Inc.

Dean Sares, Regional Regulatory Manager

CT Corporation System

1686 East Highland Road

One N. Capitol Avenue

Twinsburg, OH  44087-2219

Indianapolis, IN 46204


5.         Pursuant to IC 13-30-2-1, a person may not discharge, emit, cause, allow, or threaten to discharge, emit, cause, or allow any contaminant or waste, including any noxious odor either alone or in combination with contaminants from other sources, into the environment in any form that causes or would cause pollution that violates or would violate rules, standards, or discharge or emission requirements adopted by the appropriate board under the environmental management laws.

Pursuant to IC 13-18-4-5, it is unlawful for any person to throw, run, drain, or otherwise dispose into any of the streams or waters of Indiana; or cause, permit, or suffer to be thrown, run, drained, allowed to seep, or otherwise disposed into any waters; any organic or inorganic matter that causes or contributes to a polluted condition of any waters, as determined by a rule of the board adopted under sections IC 13-18-4-1 and IC 13-18-4-3.

Pursuant to 327 IAC 2-1-6, all waters at all times and at all places, including the mixing zone, shall meet the minimum conditions of being free from substances, materials, floating debris, oil, or scum attributable to municipal, industrial, agricultural, and other land use practices, or other discharges that produce color, visible oil sheen, odor, or other conditions in such degree as to create a nuisance, or which are in amounts sufficient to be acutely toxic to, or to otherwise severely injure or kill aquatic life, other animals, plants, or humans.

An investigation conducted on January 18, 2008 by IDEM staff, indicated that a spill of ferric chloride solution in a quantity of 150 to 175 gallons entered Pleasant Run Creek, causing water degradation and small fish kill, in violation of 327 IAC 2-1-6.


6.         In recognition of the settlement reached, Respondent waives any right to administrative and judicial review of this Agreed Order.




1.         This Agreed Order shall be effective (“Effective Date”) when it is approved by Complainant or Complainant’s delegate, and has been received by Respondent.  This Agreed Order shall have no force or effect until the Effective Date.


2.         Respondent shall comply with all rules and statutes cited above at issue.


3.         Upon the Effective Date, Respondent shall immediately implement the approved Compliance Plan (“CP”) and ensure that the new catch basins and isolation valves are installed by March 15, 2009.  The approved CP is incorporated into this Agreed Order as Exhibit 1 and shall be deemed an enforceable part thereof.


4.         Respondent shall, within ten days of the completion of installation of the two new catch basins and the isolation valves, submit documentation of completion to IDEM’s Office of Enforcement at the address in paragraph 7.


5.         Beginning on the Effective Date and continuing until the completion of implementation of the CP, as required by Paragraph 3 above, Respondent shall, at all times, prevent spills as efficiently and effectively as possible.


6.         Upon completion of implementation of the CP required by Order Paragraph 3, Respondent shall be subject to stipulated penalties for a period of one year, as described in Order Paragraph 9 for any water quality degradation.


7.         All submittals required by this Agreed Order, unless Respondent is notified otherwise in writing by IDEM, shall be sent to:


Jamal Naas, Enforcement Case Manager

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Office of Enforcement – Mail Code 60-02

100 North Senate Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251


8.         Respondent is assessed a civil penalty of Five Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($5,250).  Said penalty amount shall be due and payable to the Environmental Management Special Fund within thirty (30) days of the Effective Date.  In the event that the civil penalty is not paid within thirty (30) days of the Effective Date, Respondent shall pay interest on the unpaid balance at the rate established by IC 24-4.6-1-101.  The interest shall continue to accrue until the civil penalty is paid in full.


9.         In the event the terms and conditions of the following paragraphs are violated, Complainant may assess and Respondent shall pay a stipulated penalty in the following amount:




Stipulated Penalty


Failure to immediately implement the approved CP and adhere to the milestone date therein.

$1000 per violation per week


Failure to notify IDEM, within ten days of task completion.

$1000 per week late


Causing water quality degradation after completion of implementation of the CP.

$5000 per violation


10.       Stipulated penalties shall be due and payable within thirty (30) days after Respondent receives written notice that Complainant has determined a stipulated penalty is due.  Assessment and payment of stipulated penalties shall not preclude Complainant from seeking any additional relief against Respondent for violation of this Agreed Order.  In lieu of any of the stipulated penalties set out above, Complainant may seek any other remedies or sanctions available by virtue of Respondent’s violation of this Agreed Order or Indiana law, including, but not limited to, civil penalties pursuant to IC 13-30-4.


11.       Civil and stipulated penalties are payable by check to the “Environmental Management Special Fund.”  Checks shall include the Case Number of this action and shall be mailed to:


Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Cashier – Mail Code 50-10C

100 North Senate Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251


12.       This Agreed Order shall apply to and be binding upon Respondent and its successors and assigns.  Respondent’s signatories to this Agreed Order certify that he is fully authorized to execute this Agreed Order and legally bind the party he represents.  No change in ownership, corporate, or partnership status of Respondent shall in any way alter its status or responsibilities under this Agreed Order.


13.       In the event that any terms of this Agreed Order are found to be invalid, the remaining terms shall remain in full force and effect and shall be construed and enforced as if this Agreed Order did not contain the invalid terms.


14.       Respondent shall provide a copy of this Agreed Order, if in force, to any subsequent owners or successors before ownership rights are transferred.  Respondent shall ensure that all contractors, firms and other persons performing work under this Agreed Order comply with the terms of this Agreed Order.


15.       This Agreed Order is not and shall not be interpreted to be a permit or a modification of an existing permit.  This Agreed Order, and IDEM’s review or approval of any submittal made by Respondent pursuant to this Agreed Order, shall not in any way relieve Respondent of its obligation to comply with the requirements of its applicable permit or any applicable Federal or State law or regulation.


16.       Complainant does not, by its approval of this Agreed Order, warrant or aver in any manner that Respondent’s compliance with any aspect of this Agreed Order will result in compliance with the provisions of any permit, order, or any applicable Federal or State law or regulation.  Additionally, IDEM or anyone acting on its behalf shall not be held liable for any costs or penalties Respondent may incur as a result of Respondent’s efforts to comply with this Agreed Order.


17.       Nothing in this Agreed Order shall prevent or limit IDEM’s rights to obtain penalties or injunctive relief under any applicable Federal or State law or regulation, except that IDEM may not, and hereby waives its right to, seek additional civil penalties for the same violations specified in the NOV.


18.       Nothing in this Agreed Order shall prevent IDEM (or anyone acting on its behalf) from communicating with the EPA or any other agency or entity about any matters relating to this enforcement action.  IDEM or anyone acting on its behalf shall not be held liable for any costs or penalties Respondent may incur as a result of such communications with the EPA or any other agency or entity.


19.       This Agreed Order shall remain in effect until Respondent complies with the terms of Order Paragraph Nos. 3 through 11 and IDEM issues a Resolution of Case letter.






Department of Environmental Management


Univar USA Inc.










Mark W. Stanifer, Chief





Water Enforcement Section





Office of Enforcement




















For the Department of Environmental Management

















Deputy Attorney General



















, 2008.



For the Commissioner:




Signed on September 11, 2008


Robert B. Keene


Assistant Commissioner


Office of Legal Counsel and Enforcement