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U.S. EPA ISSUES $75,000 ORDER AGAINST MOSS LANDING HARBOR

U.S. EPA ISSUES $75,000 ORDER AGAINST MOSS LANDING HARBOR
 SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today proposed to penalize the Moss Landing Harbor District in Monterey County $75,000 for dredging and discharging about 17,000 cubic yards of material into Monterey Bay without a permit, a violation of the Clean Water Act.
 "This action should serve as a warning to those who are in the business of disposing of dredged materials to follow the permit process, as required by law, or face the possibility of stiff penalties," said Harry Seraydarian, U.S. EPA's Water Management Division director.
 Moss Landing Harbor District dumped the material, equivalent to about 2,000 dump truck loads, between May 6, 1991, and June 7, 1991, offshore of Sandholdt Pier in Monterey Bay.
 Federal law requires those planning to discharge dredged materials to apply for a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The permit process is designed to ensure that environmental requirements are met, such as ensuring that the discharged materials will not be toxic to marine life.
 Moss Landing has 20 days to file a formal response to the order and to request a public hearing. The public has 30 days to comment on the action. Written comments on the proposed action should be mailed to:
 Regional Hearing Clerk
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 75 Hawthorne St.
 San Francisco, CA 94015
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 /CONTACT: Lois Grunwald of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1588/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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