Perhaps a public education course for environmental stewardship for business owners in Virginia is in order?
The landlord to Starr Hill Brewery, a brewing company, in Crozet was hit with a $9,100 civil fine after the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) found brewing materials overflowing into a tributary of Lickinghole Creek. The DEQ only investigated after a citizen complained about the overflowing brewing materials.
Regional DEQ director Amy T. Owens explained that there was a hole in the rear of the building housing the brewery in the piping. The building itself is actually owned by Route 240 LLC.
While the line should be carefully drawn between fines that throw companies and individuals out business and fines that compensate for the damage done, there also needs to be a willingness on the part of business owners to be more mindful of the environmental damage their companies may cause.
It is doubtful, too, that $9,100 is enough money to fully compensate for the damage done to the tributary of Lickinghole Creek, which leaves the fine wanting.
The bottom line is, if you are a business owner and you cannot avoid the time or money to make your business environmentally friendly, then you should not be in business.