We use penalties to encourage alleged violators to discontinue allegedly noncompliant activities and to deter future noncompliance. We calculate penalties in two parts:
- Fine for alleged violations: Up to $19,000 per day for each alleged violation.
- Economic benefit: Cost savings gained while avoiding or delaying compliance with regulations.
We also may seek restraining orders, injunctions, and other court orders in the event that these actions fail to result in correction of noncompliant activities. In addition to authorizing us to impose civil penalties, the state Clean Air Act also authorizes criminal prosecution and punishment for people convicted of knowing and willful violations.
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