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File #: AI 13-2505    Version: 1 Name: Administrative Penalty Sanchez
Type: Action Item Status: Passed
File created: 10/6/2020 In control: Board of Directors
On agenda: 10/13/2020 Final action: 10/13/2020
Title: Consider recommendation from EAA staff to assess an Administrative Penalty under Section 1.37 of the EAA Act against Hugo and Eva Sanchez for failing to submit a 2019 Annual Groundwater Use Report with the EAA.
Attachments: 1. 4070884-Default order assessing 1.37 administrative penalty Sanchez_Board
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Consider recommendation from EAA staff to assess an Administrative Penalty under Section 1.37 of the EAA Act against Hugo and Eva Sanchez for failing to submit a 2019 Annual Groundwater Use Report with the EAA.

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STAFF RECOMMENDED MOTION:

Move the board approve the Default Order Assessing an Administrative Penalty of $200 to Hugo and Eva Sanchez for the Failure to File a 2019 Annual Use Report.


SUMMARY:

The purpose of this agenda item is to address an unresolved compliance matter with Hugo and Eva Sanchez regarding the submittal of her 2019 Annual Groundwater Use Report.

In accordance with Section 711.414 of the EAA rules, every permit holder shall accurately read their meter on a monthly and annual basis and file the results with the EAA no later than January 31st of each year. Hugo and Eva Sanchez did not file their report for 2019, and EAA staff was unable, through multiple attempts, to either obtain the report during an allowed “grace period” through February of 2020 or achieve a settlement related to the failure to report.

Under the terms of the EAA’s General Manager Compliance and Settlement Guidelines, the Sanchez's were offered a settlement of either the payment of $100 or attendance of a virtual Well Owner’s Workshop. They failed to accept either offer of settlement.

When EAA staff is unable to reach settlement on a compliance matter, the matter may only be resolved through civil litigation or through the utilization of an administrative penalty process allowed under Section 1.37 of the EAA Act and outlined in Chapter 717 of the EAA rules.

For this particular matter, staff recommends the board assess an administrative penalty of $200 for the violation of EAA rules. The Sanchez's were apprised of the recommendation and offered the opportunity to request a formal review of the matter. They declined to do so. Therefore, under EAA procedural rules, this item is being brought by staff as a default order.

At the October 13 board mee...

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