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Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement, Penalty Assessment and Opportunity To Comment Regarding JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has entered into a Consent Agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (JPMC or Respondent) to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and their implementing regulations.

The Administrator is hereby providing public notice of this Consent Agreement and proposed Final Order (CAFO), and providing an opportunity for interested persons to comment on the CAFO. Upon closure of the public comment period, the CAFO and any public comments will be forwarded to the Agency's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB).

DATES:

Comments are due on or before August 21, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OECA-2017-0206, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e., on the Web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit https://www2.epa.gov/​dockets/​commenting-epa-dockets.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Philip Milton, Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division (2249-A), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 564-5029; fax: (202) 564-0010; email: milton.philip@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

This proposed settlement agreement is the result of voluntary disclosures of CWA, CAA, RCRA and EPCRA violations by JPMC to the EPA. JPMC and affiliated entities comprise one of the largest financial services firms in the United States, offering investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing and asset management, both domestically and internationally. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. is a national banking association with its main office located at 1111 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240.

On August 6, 2014, EPA accepted JPMC's June 19, 2014 proposal to enter into an audit agreement to audit 133 facilities owned and/or operated by JPMC or affiliated entities for compliance with the CAA, CWA, EPCRA, and RCRA under EPA's Incentives for Self-Policing: Discovery, Disclosure, Correction and Prevention of Violations (Audit Policy), 65 FR 19618 (April 11, 2000). On December 19, 2014, JPMC provided its final report.

In follow-up to its 2014 Audit and JPMC's commitment to prevent recurrence of noncompliance in the future, JPMC developed and implemented a compliance management system (CMS) that incudes annual auditing. JPMC approached the design of this annual audit program with the same integrity and objectivity as used in the original 2014 Audit program. With the benefit of this expertise, JPMC conducted annual internal audits in 2015 (at 42 sites) and 2016 (at 39 sites) and disclosed additional potential noncompliance discovered through its 2015 and 2016 internal audits on November 20, 2015 and December 2, 2016, respectively.

All violations discovered and disclosed by the Respondent are listed in Attachments A and B to the CAFO.

Proposed Settlement

The EPA determined that Respondent satisfactorily completed its audit and has met all conditions set forth in the Audit Policy for the violations identified in Attachment A of the CAFO. Therefore, 100 percent of the gravity-based penalty calculated for the violations identified in Attachment A of the CAFO is being waived.

Attachment B of the CAFO identifies certain violations that did not meet all the conditions of the Audit Policy. For these violations, a gravity-based penalty of $52,977 is assessed.

For all violations listed in Attachments A and B, EPA calculated an economic benefit of noncompliance of $177,415. This number was calculated using specific cost information provided by Respondent and use of the Economic Benefit (BEN) computer model.

JPMC has agreed to pay a total civil penalty of $230,392 for all the violations identified in Attachments A and B of the CAFO. Of this amount, $177,415 is the economic benefit of noncompliance and $52,977 is the gravity-based penalty for the violations listed in Attachment B of the CAFO.

Of this total amount, $16,731 is attributable to the CAA violations, $88,538 is attributable to the CWA SPCC violations, $27,649 is attributable to the RCRA violations, and $97,474 is attributable to the EPCRA violations.

The EPA and Respondent negotiated the Consent Agreement in accordance with the Consolidated Rules of Practice, 40 CFR part 22, specifically 40 CFR 22.13(b) and 22.18(b) (In re: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; enforcement settlement identifier numbers CAA-HQ-2017-6001, CWA-HQ-2017-6001; EPCRA-HQ-2017-6001; and RCRA-HQ-2017-6001). This Consent Agreement is subject to public notice and comment under Section Start Printed Page 33906311(b)(6)(C) of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(C). The procedures by which the public may comment on a proposed CWA Class II penalty order, or participate in a Class II penalty proceeding, are set forth in 40 CFR 22.45. The deadline for submitting public comment on this proposed Final Order is [INSERT DATE 30 DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE Federal Register]. All comments will be transferred to the EAB for consideration. The EAB's powers and duties are outlined in 40 CFR 22.4(a).

Disclosed and Corrected Violations

CWA

Respondent disclosed that it failed to prepare and/or implement a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan in violation of CWA Section 311(j), 33 U.S.C. 1321(j), and the implementing regulations found at 40 CFR part 112, at the following forty-four (44) facilities located in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas, identified in Attachments A and B of the CAFO.

FacilityStreetCityState
Sky Harbor Operations Center1820 E Sky Harbor Circle SPhoenixArizona.
560 Mission Street560 Mission StreetSan FranciscoCalifornia.
Iron Hill-Cole House Bldg.4041 Ogletown RoadNewarkDelaware.
880 Powder Mill Rd880 Powder Mill RdWilmingtonDelaware.
Four Christina Center300 King StreetWilmingtonDelaware.
7255 Baymeadows Way7255 Baymeadows WayJacksonvilleFlorida.
7301 Baymeadows Way7301 Baymeadows WayJacksonvilleFlorida.
H01—H03 Highland Manor Drive10410-30 Highland Manor DriveTampaFlorida.
4200 W Cypress Street4200 W. Cypress Street, Suite 350TampaFlorida.
HO1-10430 Highland Manor10430 Highland Manor DriveTampaFlorida.
Indianapolis West Operation Center7610 West Washington StreetIndianapolisIndiana.
IRS Louisville Operations5101 Interchange WayLouisvilleKentucky.
Vault Complex1245 Edwards RoadHarahanLouisiana.
Delta Drive Complex780 Kansas Lane 780 Delta Drive. 700 Kansas Lane.MonroeLouisiana.
Zachary Command Center4431-B Highway 19ZacharyLouisiana.
451 D Street70 Fargo StreetBostonMassachusetts.
Belleville Technology Center9000 Haggerty RoadBellevilleMichigan.
1 Northeastern Blvd 4 Northeastern Blvd. 5 Northeastern Blvd.1 Northeastern Blvd 4 Northeastern Blvd 5 Northeastern BlvdSalemNew Hampshire.
Carlstadt Data Center600 Commerce BoulevardCarlstadtNew Jersey.
NOC 5—575 Washington575 Washington BoulevardJersey CityNew Jersey.
Weehawken Data Center300 Boulevard EastWeehawkenNew Jersey.
Flatbush Ave883 Flatbush AvenueBrooklynNew York.
WM5469 Dekalb9 DeKalb AveBrooklynNew York.
New Rochelle Main St491 Main StreetNew RochelleNew York.
SoHo525 BroadwayNew YorkNew York.
383 Madison Avenue (BSC)383 Madison AvenueNew YorkNew York.
WM5477 East Village130 Second AveNew YorkNew York.
270 Park Avenue270 Park AvenueNew YorkNew York.
1000 Polaris1000 Polaris ParkwayColumbusOhio.
Polaris McCoy Center1111 Polaris ParkwayColumbusOhio.
3415 Vision Drive3415 Vision DriveColumbusOhio.
340 McCoy Building340 South Cleveland AvenueWestervilleOhio.
370 McCoy Building370 South Cleveland AvenueWestervilleOhio.
380 McCoy Building380 South Cleveland AvenueWestervilleOhio.
Arlington Call Center4501 New York AvenueArlingtonTexas.
WM7097 Dallas EDC 12500 Marsh LaneCarroltonTexas.
Freeport IV1111 North Point DriveCoppellTexas.
Freeport TX625 Freeport ParkwayCoppellTexas.
JPMIP One14201 North Dallas ParkwayFarmers BranchTexas.
1111 Fannin1111 FanninHoustonTexas.
WM7266 Royal Ridge Operations Center RROC3929 W John Carpenter FreewayIrvingTexas.
Lake Vista III (BSC)2780 Lake Vista DriveLewisvilleTexas.
Lake Vista 7—Lewisville2777 Lake Vista DriveLewisvilleTexas.
WM2200 Stone Oak Bldg C20855 Stone Oak ParkwaySan AntonioTexas.

Under CWA Section 311(b)(6)(A), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6)(A), any owner, operator, or person in charge of a vessel, onshore facility, or offshore facility from which oil is discharged in violation of CWA Section 311(b)(3), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(3), or who fails or refuses to comply with any regulations that have been issued under CWA Section 311(j), 33 U.S.C. 1321(j), may be assessed an administrative civil penalty of up to $226,338 by the EPA. Class II proceedings under CWA Section 311(b)(6), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6), are conducted in accordance with 40 CFR part 22. As authorized by CWA Section 311(b)(6), 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(6), the EPA has assessed a civil penalty for these violations.

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EPCRA

Respondent disclosed that it violated EPCRA Section 311(a), 42 U.S.C. 11021(a), and the implementing regulations found at 40 CFR part 370, at seventy-four (74) facilities listed in Attachments A and B of the CAFO when it failed to submit a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for a hazardous chemical(s) and/or extremely hazardous substance(s) or, in the alternative, a list of such chemicals, to the LEPCs, SERCs, and the fire departments with jurisdiction over these facilities. These seventy-four (74) facilities are located in the following states: Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas.

Respondent disclosed that it violated EPCRA Section 312(a), 42 U.S.C. 11022(a), and the implementing regulations found at 40 CFR part 370, at seventy-three (73) facilities listed in Attachments A and B of the CAFO when it failed to prepare and submit emergency and chemical inventory forms to the LEPCs, SERCs, and the fire departments with jurisdiction over these facilities. These seventy-one facilities are located in the following states: Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas.

Under EPCRA Section 325, 42 U.S.C. 11045, the Administrator may issue an administrative order assessing a civil penalty against any person who has violated applicable emergency planning or right-to-know requirements, or any other requirement of EPCRA. Proceedings under EPCRA Section 325, 42 U.S.C. 11045, are conducted in accordance with 40 CFR part 22. The EPA, as authorized by EPCRA Section 325, 42 U.S.C. 11045, has assessed a civil penalty for these violations.

CAA

ODS Requirements

Respondent disclosed that it violated CAA Sections 608(a)(1) and (2), 42 U.S.C. 7671g(a)(l) and (2), and the implementing regulations found 40 CFR part 82, at thirty-four (34) facilities listed in Attachments A and B of the CAFO when it failed to maintain records required by 40 CFR 82.166 for its appliances. These thirty-four (34) facilities are located in the following states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin.

CAA NSPS Subpart IIII

Respondent disclosed that it failed to comply with CAA Section 111, 42 U.S.C. 7411, and 40 CFR part 60, subpart IIII when it failed to maintain a 12-month rolling total log of the hours of operation for four (4) compression ignition internal combustion engines (emergency generators) at one (1) facility in Michigan.

Under CAA Section 113(d), 42 U.S.C. 7413(d), the Administrator may issue an administrative penalty order to any person who has violated or is in violation of any applicable requirement or prohibition of the CAA, including any rule, order, waiver, permit, or plan. Proceedings under CAA Section 113(d), 42 U.S.C. 7413(d), are conducted in accordance with 40 CFR part 22. The EPA, as authorized by the CAA, has assessed a civil penalty for these violations.

RCRA

Respondent disclosed that it failed to comply with RCRA Section 3002 of RCRA, 42 U.S.C. 6922, and the regulations found at 40 CFR part 273, at seventy-eight (78) facilities listed in Attachments A and B of the CAFO when it failed to maintain proper universal waste disposal and handling by failing to properly store, label, or inventory spent fluorescent lamps and tubes, used lead-acid batteries, and by failing to train employees in proper identification. These seventy-eight (78) facilities are located in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Under RCRA Section 3008, 42 U.S.C. 6928, the Administrator may issue an order assessing a civil penalty for any past or current violation the RCRA. Proceedings under RCRA Section 3008, 42 U.S.C. 6928, are conducted in accordance with 40 CFR part 22. The EPA, as authorized by the RCRA, has assessed a civil penalty for these violations.

List of Subjects

Environmental protection.

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Dated: June 29, 2017.

Susan Shinkman,

Director, Office of Civil Enforcement, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

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[FR Doc. 2017-15376 Filed 7-20-17; 8:45 am]

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