THUMS Long Beach Company Settlement
THUMS Long Beach Company Case Settles for $254,100
In June 2014, THUMS Long Beach Company(THUMS) paid $254,100.00 in penalties for violating California’s Regulation for Reducing Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) Emissions from Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) (California Code of Regulations, title 17, sections 95350 et seq.) (SF6-GIS Regulation). The SF6-GIS Regulation establishes annual SF6 emission limits and requires owners of GIS equipment to report SF6 emissions annually.
The SF6-GIS Regulation set forth a maximum annual SF6 emission rate for 2011 of ten percent. THUMS initially submitted an inaccurate and incomplete annual report for 2011. The corrected 2011 annual report documented that THUMS had exceeded the 2011 emission rate limit. THUMS was cooperative and forthcoming in righting the reporting mistake. Moving forward, THUMS does not currently own any GIS equipment and as such, will not have a compliance obligation for the SF6 –GIS Regulation.