DNREC has issued a notice of administrative penalty assessment and secretary's order to St. Francis Hospital for violations of state and federal air quality regulations, state statue and its air permit.
The order calls for a cash penalty of more than $20,000 and an additional $3,270 as cost of recovery reimbursement to DNREC for expenses associated with the department's investigation. The order, however, offers to St. Francis the option of suspending $10,000 of the penalty on the condition that it comply with the order and engage in no future violations of state or federal law. If violations occur, they will be required to pay the $10,000. St. Francis has 30 days to request a public hearing.
The secretary's order addresses numerous air quality recordkeeping violations that were discovered during a Feb. 7 inspection. Each violation is cited in the penalty order, visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Info/Pages/SecOrders_Enforcement.aspx to review the inspection.