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Stormwater Violations Cost Manufacturer $145,000

Posted on 2/4/2016 by Roger Marks

A Fairbury, NE manufacturing facility will pay $145,000 to resolve alleged violations of the US EPA’s Clean Water Act, according to a press release from EPA Region 7. The violations stem from stormwater discharge of cadmium, cooper, lead, nickel, and zinc in excess of permit limits. 
In addition to exceeding the stormwater permit limit for the metals listed, the settlement alleges the company failed to analyze pH levels of stormwater discharge within the proper timeframe. As part of the agreement with US EPA, the facility has also installed a water filtration system and updated its Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).

stormwater runoff subject to NPDES permit

What Are EPA’s Stormwater Regulations?

Under the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), industry works to control pollutants entering the water in runoff from streets, parking lots, rooftops, and other surfaces at industrial and construction sites. The water that runs off these surfaces may pick up sediment, debris, chemicals, or other hazardous pollutants before it reaches the waters of the United States.

Environmental engineers and managers at these facilities must maintain compliance with Federal and State NPDES permitting rules. In October 15, EPA posted a Final Rule that requires electronic NPDES reporting for affected facilities. In 2014, new EPA requirements affected the NPDES permitting rules for power plants. 

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