The city of Sioux City has fined Big Ox Energy for violations of discharges and non-reporting.
In a notice of violation, Big Ox must pay $3,500 in fines to the city for numerous violations.
The city sent Big Ox the cease and desist on July 13, requiring them to stop discharges at 5:00 p.m. on July 18.
Sioux City then sent Big Ox a notice of violation on August 2, which required Big Ox to submit daily reports at 2:00 p.m. The reports would include four sample results taken every six hours, as well as other operational information. The city claims that four samples over three days were not reported. The violations of reporting meant that a $500 per day fine was issued with the note that future violations would increase to $1,000 per day.
Big Ox is then said to not have failed to notify the city of a non-routine discharge on September 3. They discharged over 60,500 pounds, while they are only allowed a max discharge of 48,509 pounds. The city fined Big Ox for the failure to report and the excessive discharge at $1,000 each.
In additions to the fines, Big Ox must submit an explanation for each violation, a plan for the correction of each violation, continue to submit the daily reports, meet with the city to discuss the weekend operations and reporting requirements. The city will reach out to Big Ox to set up a meeting with officials.