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

 ATLANTA, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued Administrative Penalty Complaints against two industries and one municipality in Florida for violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
 W. Ray Cunningham, EPA's Southeastern Region Water Management Division director, said, "While EPA attempts to work with everyone in achieving compliance with the laws, protection of our creeks and streams is of utmost importance. As shown in these cases, failure to abide by the environmental laws set by Congress will result in federal enforcement action."
 During the months of October through December 1993, EPA Region IV issued Complaints to the following facilities in Florida:
 Blisson Enterprises, d/b/a Howard Johnson Lodge
 and Restaurant -- St. Johns County -- $10,000
 U.S. Gypsum Co., Inc. -- Jacksonville -- $6,000
 City of Jacksonville Beach -- $10,000
 The penalties cited above are the result of a variety of CWA violations including discharging without a permit, failure to make timely application for a stormwater discharge permit, and discharging an unauthorized pollutant.
 Unpermitted discharges prevent EPA from setting proper limitations on pollutants. 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 waterway, causing fish kills and harming plant and aquatic life.
 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.
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 /CONTACT: Carl Terry, EPA Press Office, 404-347-3004/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Blisson Enterprises; U.S.
 Gypsum Co., Inc.; City of Jacksonville Beach ST: Georgia, Florida IN: ENV SU:


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