EPA INITIATES ACTION TO ASSESS PENALTIES AGAINST THE CITY OF STARKE, AND E.I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS & COMPANY, FOR CLEAN WATER VIOLATIONS
EPA INITIATES ACTION TO ASSESS PENALTIES AGAINST THE CITY OF STARKE,
AND E.I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS & COMPANY, FOR CLEAN WATER VIOLATIONS
ATLANTA, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has initiated proceedings to assess administrative penalties for violations of the Clean Water Act against the city of Starke, Fla., and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company in Lawtey, Fla.
Amendments to the Clean Water Act in 1987 gave EPA authority to assess and collect penalties of up to $125,000 for violations of the act. Assessment of penalties is accomplished by issuance of a complaint, with the facility either paying the penalty, negotiating a settlement, or requesting a hearing with an administrative law judge.
On Oct. 1, EPA issued a complaint to the city of Starke, assessing a penalty of $93,454 for effluent limitation violations of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Specifically, the city exceeded total suspended solids percent removal, total residual chlorine, fecal coliform bacteria, biochemical oxygen demand percent removal, pH, and total organic nitrogen, for periods from June 1989 through June 1991. In addition, the city was cited for failure to submit a sludge volume and disposal report, and progress reports relating to achievement of the final total residual chlorine effluent limitations. The city of Starke discharges its wastewater into Alligator Creek.
On Oct. 2, EPA issued a complaint to E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Incorporated, in Lawtey, Fla., assessing a penalty of $116,333 for discharging without a valid NPDES permit into Boggy Branch, which flows into North Fork Black Creek. The unpermitted discharges resulted in a fish kill in Boggy Branch due to seepage from process water ditches belonging to the company. The violations occurred from June 9, 1990, through Sept. 30, 1991.
In accordance with the act, each facility and the public have the right to request a hearing on the violations alleged in the complaint and on the penalty assessment. Copies of the complaint and related documents are available from EPA upon request.
/CONTACT: Charlis Thompson of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV, 404-347-3004/ CO: United States Enviromental Protection Agency; E.I. du Pont de Nemours
& Company; City of Starke ST: Florida IN: SU: EXE BR-BN -- AT008 -- 1612 11/15/91 14:14 EST