STATE OF INDIANA

COUNTY OF MARION

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BEFORE THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT
OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

 

COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT
OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT,

Complainant,

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Kroger Limited Partnership II,

Respondent.

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Case No. 2016-23790-A




 

 

AGREED ORDER

 

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.

 

I.  FINDINGS OF FACT

 

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 Kroger Limited Partnership II (“Respondent”), which owns and operates the facility with Federally Enforceable State Operating Permit (FESOP) No. 097-36100-00161, located at 6801 English Avenue, in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana (“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 (“NOV”) via Certified Mail to:

 

Mr. Rodney McMullen, President

Corporation Service Co.

The Kroger Company

251 East Ohio Street

Suite 500

Indianapolis, IN 46204

1014 Vine Street

 

Cincinnati, OH 45202

 

 

5.             Respondent owns and operates a stationary bakery.

 

6.             During an report review conducted by a representative of IDEM, the following violations were found:

 

a.       Pursuant to 326 IAC 8-1-6 and FESOP No. F097-36100-00161 condition D.2.1 (a) the VOC emissions from the bun oven identified as BU04 shall be controlled by a catalytic oxidizer.


On January 12, 2016 Kroger Limited Partnership II -Indianapolis Bakery failed to operate the catalytic oxidizer for bun oven BU04 releasing uncontrolled VOC emissions, in violation of 326 IAC 8-1-6 and FESOP No. F097-36100-00161 condition D.2.1(a).

 

b.       Pursuant to 326 IAC 8-1-6 and FESOP No. F097-36100-00161 condition D.2.1 (c) the VOC emissions from the bun oven identified as BU04 shall not exceed 2.75 pounds per hour.


On January 12, 2016 Kroger Limited Partnership II -Indianapolis Bakery emitted VOC emissions in excess of 2.75 pounds per hour, in violation of 326 IAC 8-1-6 and FESOP No. F097-36100-00161 condition D.2.1(c).

 

c.        Pursuant to 326 IAC 2-8-4 and FESOP No. F097-36100-00161 condition D.2.2 (a) the VOC emissions from the bun oven identified as BU04 shall not exceed 2.75 pounds per hour.

 

On January 12, 2016 Kroger Limited Partnership II -Indianapolis Bakery emitted VOC emissions in excess of 2.75 pounds per hour, in violation of 326 IAC 2-8-4 and FESOP No. F097-36100-00161 condition D.2.2 (a).

 

d.             Pursuant to 326 IAC 8-1-2 and FESOP No. F097-36100-00161 condition D.2.4 the catalytic oxidizer shall be in operation and control emissions from the bun oven (BU04), at all times BU04 is in operation.

 

On January 12, 2016 Kroger Limited Partnership II -Indianapolis Bakery failed to operate the catalytic oxidizer for bun oven BU04 while BU04 was in operation, in violation of 326 IAC 8-1-2 and FESOP No. F097-36100-00161 condition D.2.4.

 

e.       Pursuant to FESOP No. 097-36100-00161 Condition No. B.14(b)(5), for each emergency lasting one hour or more the Respondent must submit an Emergency Occurrence Report to IDEM by mail or facsimile within two (2) working days of the time when emission limitations were exceeded due to the emergency.

 

Respondent failed to submit an Emergency Occurrence Report to IDEM by mail or facsimile within two (2) working days of an emissions exceedance occurring July 17, 2016, a violation of FESOP No. 097-36100-00161 B.14(b)(5).

 

7.             Report reviews detail that each time the catalytic oxidizer failed it was repaired within a few hours and returned to operation.

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

 

II.  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 FESOP No. F097-37387-00161, or any permit which supersedes it.

 

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

 

Andrea James, Compliance and Enforcement Manager

Compliance and Enforcement Branch – Mail Code 61-53

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

100 North Senate Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251

 

4.             Respondent is assessed and agrees to pay a civil penalty of Ten Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Hundred Dollars ($10,250.00).  Said penalty amount shall be due and payable to the Environmental Management Special Fund within thirty (30) days of the Effective Date; the 30th day being the “Due Date”.

 

5.             Stipulated penalties shall be due and payable no later than the 30th day after Respondent receives written notice that Complainant has determined a stipulated penalty is due; the 30th day being the “Due Date”.  Complainant may notify Respondent at any time that a stipulated penalty is due.  Failure to notify Respondent in writing in a timely manner of a stipulated penalty assessment shall not waive Complainant’s right to collect such stipulated penalty or preclude Complainant from seeking additional relief against Respondent for violation of this Agreed Order.  Neither assessment nor payment of stipulated penalties shall preclude Complainant from seeking additional relief against Respondent for a violation of this Agreed Order; such additional relief includes any remedies or sanctions available pursuant to Indiana law, including, but not limited to, civil penalties pursuant to IC 13-30-4.

 

6.             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:

 

IDEM Office of Legal Counsel

IGCN, Rm  N1307

100 N Senate Ave

Indianapolis, IN  46204

 

7.             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 they are fully authorized to execute this Agreed Order and legally bind the party they represent.  No change in ownership, corporate, or partnership status of Respondent shall in any way alter their status or responsibilities under this Agreed Order.

 

8.             In the event that the monies due to IDEM pursuant to this Agreed Order are not paid on or before their Due Date, Respondent shall pay interest on the unpaid balance at the rate established by IC 24-4.6-1.  The interest shall be computed as having accrued from the Due Date until the date that Respondent pays any unpaid balance.  Such interest shall be payable to the Environmental Management Special Fund and shall be payable to IDEM in the manner specified in Paragraph 6, above.

 

9.             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.

 

10.          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.

 

11.          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 their obligation to comply with the requirements of their applicable permit or any applicable Federal or State law or regulation.

 

12.          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.

 

13.          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.

 

14.          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.

 

15.          This Agreed Order shall remain in effect until Respondent has complied with all terms and conditions of this Agreed Order.

 

 

TECHNICAL RECOMMENDATION:

 

RESPONDENT:

Department of Environmental Management

 

Kroger Limited Partnership II

 

 

 

By:

 

 

By:

KRGP Inc General Partner

 

David P. McIver, Chief

 

Printed:

 

 

Enforcement Section

 

Title:

 

 

Office of Air Quality

 

 

 

Date:

 

 

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COUNSEL FOR RESPONDENT:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Date:

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED BY THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL

MANAGEMENT THIS

 

DAY OF

 

, 2017.

 

 

For the Commissioner

 

 

 

Signed on March 23, 2017

 

Keith Baugues, Assistant Commissioner

 

Office of Air Quality

 

Indiana Department of Environmental Management