The United States Department of Energy and the United States Environmental Protection Agency have confirmed the largest U.S. electricity distribution company, Energex Energy, has been fined for failing to comply with new federal guidelines for safe water quality standards for electric transmission.
Enerixys latest quarterly earnings report showed the company was fined $100,000 by the Environmental Protection Administration and fined for not meeting certain water quality requirements in its plant in San Diego, California.
EPA officials said the company’s water quality failure violated federal water quality regulations and required Enerexys to improve its water quality and conduct remediation efforts.
The fines were the result of a 2015 rule by the U.s.
Environmental Protection Service (EPA), which called for a review of Enerxys water quality violations in its San Diego plant.
The agency issued the first of two corrective actions to Eneryxys after learning of the violations.
Energys last quarterly earnings results were published in February.
The company reported a loss of $1.1 billion, or $0.18 per share, in the fourth quarter, down from $1,021.2 million, or 80 cents per share a year earlier.
Enegex Energy is the largest utility-scale electric supply chain company in the U, with more than 10,000 customer locations across the country.
In recent years, the company has been involved in several controversies, including a recall of its plug-in hybrid vehicles, and it was found to be in violation of the Clean Air Act.
The EPA issued the order to Energies chief executive officer, Jeff Gagnon, and senior vice president of government relations, David McQuaid, in January 2015 after learning about Enerxus water quality problems in its new plant in the San Diego suburb of Bakersfield.
Eganes water quality problem: EPA investigation EnerExys was cited by the EPA in May 2015 for failing its water treatment and monitoring standards for the plant’s wastewater treatment system, which it said was “inconsistent with EPA’s water-quality standards for use of the plant.”
Enerxtys compliance was found insufficient by the agency.
The order to remediate Enerxes water quality violation said EnerXys was “required to improve and improve the system,” but it did not specify what actions it recommended.
Erecting a dam to reduce the spillway for the companys natural water supply would be required, according to the order.
The Enerxxys facility is the second major U. S. utility-source company to be fined for water quality issues, after Energeys San Diego facility was fined in 2015 for not testing for lead in the water supply.
Emanxys plant in Bakers Field, California EPA said it has ordered Eneruxys to conduct a water quality assessment to determine if the water in its wastewater treatment facility is contaminated.
It also ordered the company to conduct an independent study on its water management plan.
The investigation was requested by the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the agency said in a statement.
The department said it was notified by Enernexys on May 15 of the proposed EPA enforcement action.
The enforcement action also required the company, which has been operating since January, to perform an assessment of its water system to determine whether it meets the U-232 compliance standard and to ensure that it complies with the EPA’s regulations.
The new enforcement action comes after Enexys and other utilities have faced major water quality concerns since last year, including Enerfxs failure to meet its lead standard, and the failure of two other utility companies to test for lead, according.
Eerxys said in March it was replacing the wastewater treatment plant that had failed in the past and it said it had a new water treatment plant in place in 2018.