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U.S. EPA, ARIZONA AND ATTORNEY GENERAL FINE PLANT $100,000

U.S. EPA, ARIZONA AND ATTORNEY GENERAL FINE PLANT $100,000
 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, (ADEQ) and the State Attorney General's Office, today announced that a $100,000 fine has been levied against Thunderbird Management Inc., a defunct firm which operated the Shelby Wastewater Treatment Plant in Sedona, Ariz.
 "Thunderbird Management discharged pollutants without a permit to Arizona waters, and this action will not be tolerated," said Harry Seraydarian, U.S. EPA's Water Management Division director.
 "The fines in this case send the message that polluting Arizona's waters is totally unacceptable," said Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods.
 Brian Munson, assistant director for water quality for the ADEQ, said, "Even though repairs have been made, past problems with this facility resulted in direct threats to the environment as well as people along Oak Creek. ADEQ takes that threat very seriously."
 On numerous occasions between May 1991 and March 1992 partially treated sewage overflowed percolation ponds and discharged into Oak Creek. The discharges were unlawful because the facility operated without a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
 The plant treats wastes from privately owned facilities, and is not a city of Sedona sewage treatment plant.
 In separate agreements, the company is required to pay U.S. EPA $60,000 and ADEQ $40,000.
 The consent decree between the company, ADEQ, and the Arizona Attorney General's Office is filed in Superior Court in Yavapai County. The agreement with U.S. EPA is filed in the agency's San Francisco office.
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 /CONTACT: Lois Grunwald of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1588/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; State of Arizona;
 Arizona State Attorney General; Thunderbird Management Inc. ST: Arizona IN: SU:


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