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EPA INITIATES ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY ASSESSMENTS IN FLORIDA AND NORTH CAROLINA FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS

 ATLANTA, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued Administrative Penalty Complaints against 23 industries and 10 municipalities in the state of Florida and against one municipality in the state of North Carolina for a wide range of violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
 EPA's Southeastern Region Water Management Division Director W. Ray Cunningham said: "Failure to follow the mandates of the Clean Water Act will result in enforcement action, as can be witnessed by these actions. It is the duty of all to comply with the requirements of the act to protect our environment."
 During the months of July, August and September 1993, the following Florida and North Carolina facilities were issued Administrative Complaints by EPA's Southeastern Regional Office:
 FLORIDA
 Capital Sunbelt Investments, Inc. & Skyview Utilities, Ltd.,
 Lakeland -- $125,000
 City of Chattahoochee -- $3,000
 Circuit Utility, Inc., Deland (for property owned at Blair Road
 Apartments in Jacksonville) -- $4,012
 Continental Country Club R.O., Inc. & Continental Utility, Inc.
 (subsidiary), Wildwood -- $41,087
 David Jordan and David Michael Jordan, Ormond Beach (for property
 owned in Ormond Beach) -- $3,073
 ERLY Juice, Lakeland -- $44,601
 Harbor Utilities Company, Inc., Bonita Springs -- $28,650
 Island Packing Company, Inc., Fort Myers Beach -- $16,000
 Juice Bowl Products, Inc., Lakeland -- $33,024
 City of Key West -- $3,000
 City of Kissimmee -- $10,000
 City of Lakeland -- $71,528
 Lindrick Service Corporation, New Port Richey -- $3,000
 Manatee County Public Works Dept., Bradenton -- $67,266
 Milligan's Center, Jacksonville -- $2,000
 Milton Terminals, Inc., Milton -- $6,796
 Mobil Mining & Minerals, Nichols Mine -- $54,100
 Mobil Mining & Minerals, S. Fort Meade Mine -- $38,000
 Monsanto Company, Gonzalez -- $3,000
 Oaklane Building Joint Venture, Jacksonville -- $25,000
 Pine Valley Dairy, Lakeland -- $40,000
 Plaza Materials Corporation, Zephyrhills -- $92,798
 Polk County, The Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant -- $100,196
 City of Rockledge -- $125,000
 Sarasota County, Bent Tree Treatment Plant -- $65,000
 Shoney's Inc., d/b/a Captain D's, Jacksonville -- $39,161
 Silver Springs Citrus Cooperative, Inc.,
 Howey-in-the-Hills -- $28,000
 Stratus Petroleum Corp., St. Marks -- $125,000
 Sumter Inn, Inc. & George Wang, d/b/a Budget Motor Lodge,
 Wildwood -- $38,965
 Travis Construction, Inc., Margate (for property owned at Blair Road
 Apts. in Jacksonville) -- $18,087
 City of Treasure Island -- $44,000
 Tri County Water Conditioning, Inc., East Palatka -- $16,190
 City of Wildwood -- $3,000
 NORTH CAROLINA
 City of Gastonia -- $125,000
 Amendments to the Clean Water Act in 1987 gave EPA the authority to assess and collect administrative 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.
 In accordance with the act, each facility and the public has the right to request a hearing on the violations alleged in the complaint and on the penalty assessment. Copies of the complaints and related documents are available from EPA upon request.
 The penalties cited above are the result of a variety of CWA violations including discharging without a permit, nonsubmittal of reports and documents, and violations of effluent limitations.
 Unpermitted discharges prevent EPA from setting proper limitations on pollutants. Reporting violations prevent EPA from properly regulating discharges. Pollutants discharged from these facilities place an unacceptable demand on creeks, streams, and other waterways receiving the wastes. These demands, including solids and other pollutants discharged, can deplete oxygen or produce toxic conditions in a water way, causing fish kills and harming plant and aquatic life.
 -0- 10/7/93
 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson, press office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 404-347-3004/


CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV ST: Florida, North Carolina IN: ENV SU: EXE

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