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EPA CHARGES ROME, N.Y., WITH VIOLATIONS OF INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER PRETREATMENT REQUIREMENTS; ASSESSES $125,000 IN PENALTIES

 EPA CHARGES ROME, N.Y., WITH VIOLATIONS OF INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER
 PRETREATMENT REQUIREMENTS; ASSESSES $125,000 IN PENALTIES
 NEW YORK, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a complaint to the City of Rome, N.Y., charging it with failure to properly implement and enforce its industrial pretreatment program. The complaint, which seeks $125,000 in penalties, alleges that Rome took insufficient enforcement actions against several industrial users who did not meet appropriate standards for their discharges to Rome's wastewater treatment plant. In addition, Rome did not properly categorize facilities which applied for discharge permits and did not publicize the names of those facilities violating their industrial user permit standards.
 National pretreatment standards specify limits for quantities and concentrations of pollutants present in wastewater from industrial facilities discharged to publicly-owned wastewater treatment facilities. Pretreatment programs are administered either by municipalities with approved pretreatment programs or by EPA or states where no approved program exists. The Town of Rome, N.Y. has an approved pretreatment program, therefore, the town is responsible for administering the program and enforcing its requirements.
 "The pretreatment approach encourages pollution prevention by limiting the quantities and concentrations of pollutants allowed in wastewater prior to its treatment," said Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff,
EPA Region 2 Administrator. "These standards help prevent malfunctions at the city's wastewater plant and aid in the reduction of end-of- process pollutants."
 Pretreatment programs require industrial facilities to obtain permits, called industrial user permits, before discharging wastewater into public wastewater treatment plants. Industrial user permits contain specific pollutant limitations, sampling protocols, compliance schedules, reporting requirements and standard conditions which the industrial facilities using a publicly-owned wastewater treatment must follow. They are designed to prevent the introduction of pollutants into publicly-owned sewage treatment facilities which may interfere with the operation of the plant.
 The City of Rome was given the authority to run a pretreatment program in 1984. The City issued industrial user permits to many area facilities which are significant users of the Rome Municipal Sewage Treatment Plant, which the City of Rome owns. These facilities include Chemtech Limited, Rome Strip Steel and Rome Specialty, all of which were found by EPA to be in significant non-compliance with their permits.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: New York IN: SU:


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