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GENERAL MILLS TO PAY $480,000 CIVIL PENALTY FOR PAST VIOLATIONS OF CLEAN WATER ACT AT GLOUCESTER PLANT

 GENERAL MILLS TO PAY $480,000 CIVIL PENALTY FOR PAST
 VIOLATIONS OF CLEAN WATER ACT AT GLOUCESTER PLANT
 BOSTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- General Mills, Inc., will pay a civil penalty of $480,000 to the federal government for past violations of the federal Clean Water Act by The Gorton Group, a division of General Mills, at Gortons fish processing facility in Gloucester, Mass.
 U.S. Attorney A. John Pappalardo and EPA Regional Administrator Julie Belaga announced that a consent decree was lodged today in federal district court in Boston which would resolve a 1989 enforcement case brought against General Mills by the United States on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
 The 1989 complaint alleged that General Mills' Gortons facility in Gloucester repeatedly discharged wastewater to the City of Gloucester wastewater treatment plant in violation of local and federal "pretreatment" standards for oil and grease, total suspended solids, and biochemical oxygen demand.
 The complaint also alleged that Gortons' discharges of pollutants passed through and interfered with the Gloucester treatment facility. Regulations established by the EPA under the Clean Water Act require industrial facilities that discharge to a publicly owned treatment works to pre-treat their wastes in accordance with local standards established by the owner of the treatment works and national standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA regulations also prohibit industrial facilities from discharging pollutants which interfere with or pass through the publicly owned treatment works.
 After the complaint was filed Gortons improved its pretreatment operations and is now in compliance with local and national pretreatment requirements.
 In addition to the payment of a civil penalty of $480,000, the consent decree requires General Mills to comply with federal and local pretreatment requirements; to conduct periodic monitoring of its discharges and report the results to the EPA; and to pay stipulated penalties in the event it violates the terms of the consent decree.
 Notice of the consent decree will be published in the Federal Register and interested persons will be given the opportunity to comment on the decree prior to it being entered by the Court.
 The enforcement case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney George B. Henderson, II, of Pappalardo's Civil Bureau, in coordination with Ken Moraff of EPA's Office of Regional Counsel.
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