You can expect a fair and objective evaluation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged violations.
DEQ encourages you to present whatever new or mitigating information you have that will shed light on the issues. Also, DEQ's enforcement staff may ask questions to help you elaborate on the issues.
After the informal discussion, DEQ staff will make recommendations to DEQ Administration on what steps should be taken to conclude the action. There are three possible outcomes:
· DEQ determines that the event was not a violation and the action is dismissed
· DEQ determines that the violation or penalty calculation should be re-alleged according to new facts or mitigating information, and offers to settle the action by entering into a Mutual Agreement and Order
· There is disagreement on the violation and/or other issues that make settlement impossible, in which case you are entitled to a contested case hearing where the Department must prove that the violations occurred and that a penalty is appropriate