Every Sempra Energy subsidiary is accountable for following all applicable environmental regulations and laws, and for obtaining required permits. Environmental compliance programs include detailed plans; extensive training and monitoring; and performance evaluation.
In 2015, our subsidiaries made $64 million in capital expenditures to comply with environmental laws and regulations. This included costs to mitigate or prevent future environmental contamination or extend the life, increase the capacity, or improve the safety or efficiency of property used in current operations.
In 2015, we completed 422 internal compliance assessments. Our facilities were inspected by government inspectors 563 times with 22 notices of violation (NOVs). Seven of the NOVs were procedural; five were related to water discharges; four were related to waste; two were for creating a public nuisance; two were related to gas leaks; one was related to a mechanical failure and one was related to disturbing land. Compliance personnel at our subsidiaries review, respond to, correct, or in some cases challenge the NOVs they receive.
We paid $50,343 in environmental fines and penalties in 2015, including $40,000 for an alleged discharge of air contaminants at the Palomar Energy Center natural gas-fired power plant.
|Notices of violation (NOV)1||11||8||10||22|
|Percentage of agency inspections with no NOV issued||97%||98%||98%||96%|
|Fines and penalties2||$18,875||$1,734||$1,810||$50,343|
|Internal compliance assessments and audits||835||745||422||422|
1 Self-reported violations are not included.
2 Does not include settlements. The amount of fines and penalties paid varies from year to year depending on the nature of the violation and the timing of its resolution.