§ 51.32  ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT REMEDIES.
   (A)   Notification of violation.  When the Director of Public Works finds that a user has violated, or continues to violate, any provision of this subchapter, a wastewater discharge permit or order issued hereunder, or any other pretreatment standard or requirement, the Director of Public Works may serve upon that user a written notice of violation (NOV). Within 30 days of the receipt of this NOV, or such shorter period as may be prescribed in the NOV, an explanation of the violation and a plan for the satisfactory correction and prevention thereof, to include specific required actions, shall be submitted by the user to the Director of Public Works.  Submission of this plan in no way relieves the user of liability for any violations occurring before or after receipt of the notice of violation.  Nothing in this section shall limit the authority of the Director of Public Works to take any action, including emergency actions or any other enforcement action, without first issuing a notice of violation.
   (B)   Consent orders.  The Director of Public Works may enter into consent orders, assurances of voluntary compliance, or other similar documents establishing an agreement with any user responsible for noncompliance. Such documents will include specific action to be taken by the user to correct the noncompliance within a time period specified by the document.  Such documents shall have the same force and effect as the administrative orders issued pursuant to divisions (D) and (E) of this section and shall be judicially enforceable.
   (C)   Show cause hearing.  The Director of Public Works may order a user which has violated, or continues to violate, any provision of this subchapter, a wastewater discharge permit or order issued hereunder, or any other pretreatment standard or requirement, to appear before the Director of Public Works and show cause why the proposed enforcement action should not be taken. Notice shall be served on the user specifying the time and place for the meeting, the proposed enforcement action, the reasons for such action, and a request that the user show cause why the proposed enforcement action should not be taken. The notice of the meeting shall be served personally or by registered or certified mail (return receipt requested) at least 15 days prior to the hearing. Such notice may be served on any authorized representative of the user. A show cause hearing shall not be a bar against, or prerequisite for, taking any other action against the user.
   (D)   Compliance orders.  When the Director of Public Works finds that a user has violated, or continues to violate, any provision of this subchapter, a wastewater discharge permit or order issued hereunder, or any other pretreatment standard or requirement, the Director of Public Works may issue an order to the user responsible for the discharge directing that the user come into compliance within a specified time. If the user does not come into compliance within the time provided, sewer service may be discontinued unless adequate treatment facilities, devices, or other related appurtenances are installed and properly operated. Compliance orders also may contain other requirements to address the noncompliance, including additional self-monitoring and management practices designed to minimize the amount of pollutants discharged to the sewer. A compliance order may not extend the deadline for compliance established for a pretreatment standard or requirement, nor does a compliance order relieve the user of liability for any violation, including any continuing violation. Issuance of a compliance order shall not be a bar against, or a prerequisite for, taking any other action against the user.
   (E)   Cease and desist orders.
      (1)   When the Director of Public Works finds that a user has violated, or continues to violate, any provision of this subchapter, a wastewater discharge permit or order issued hereunder, or any other pretreatment standard or requirement, or that the user's past violations are likely to recur, the Director of Public Works may issue an order to the user directing it to cease and desist all such violations and directing the user to:
         (a)   Immediately comply with all requirements; and
         (b)   Take such appropriate remedial or preventive action as may be needed to properly address a continuing or threatened violation, including halting operations and/or terminating the discharge.
      (2)   Issuance of a cease and desist order shall not be a bar against, or a prerequisite for, taking any other action against the user.
   (F)   Emergency suspensions/harmful contributions.
      (1)   The Director of Public Works may immediately suspend a user's discharge, after informal notice to the user, whenever such suspension is necessary to stop an actual or threatened discharge which reasonably appears to present or cause an imminent or substantial endangerment to the health or welfare of persons. The Director of Public Works may also immediately suspend a user's discharge, after notice and opportunity to respond, that threatens to interfere with the operation of the POTW, or which presents, or may present, an endangerment to the environment.
      (a)   Any user notified of a suspension of its discharge shall immediately stop or eliminate its contribution.  In the event of a user's failure to immediately comply voluntarily with the suspension order, the Director of Public Works may take such steps as deemed necessary, including immediate severance of the sewer connection, to prevent or minimize damage to the POTW, its rapid infiltration beds, its underlying groundwater, or endangerment to any individuals. The Director of Public Works may allow the user to recommence its discharge when the user has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Director of Public Works that the period of endangerment has passed, and payment of any costs incurred by the City to previously suspend the user's wastewater service, unless the termination proceedings in division (G) of this section are initiated against the user.
         (b)   A user that is responsible, in whole or in part, for any discharge presenting imminent endangerment shall submit a detailed written statement, describing the causes of the harmful contribution and the measures taken to prevent any future occurrence, to the Director of Public Works prior to the date of any show cause or termination hearing under divisions (C) or (G) of this section.
      (2)   Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as requiring a hearing prior to any emergency suspension under this section.
   (G)   Termination of discharge.
      (1)   In addition to the provisions in § 51.27(F) of this subchapter, any user who violates the following conditions is subject to discharge termination:
         (a)   Violation of wastewater discharge permit conditions;
         (b)   Failure to accurately report the wastewater constituents and characteristics of its discharge;
         (c)   Failure to report significant changes in operations or wastewater volume, constituents, and characteristics prior to discharge;
         (d)   Refusal of reasonable access to the user's premises for the purpose of inspection, monitoring, or sampling; or
      (2)   Such user will be notified of the proposed termination of its discharge and be offered an opportunity to show cause under division (C) of this section why the proposed action should not be taken. Exercise of this option by the Director of Public Works shall not be a bar to, or a prerequisite for, taking any other action against the user.
(Ord. 95-05, passed 4-10-95)