Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Facilities Across the Southeast Ordered to Stop Discharging and Comply with Clean Water Act"

Facilities in States of EPA Region 4 Ordered to comply with the Clean Water Act (link)

Region 4 Covers, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It is also the home of six Native American nations.

On January 13, 2011, the EPA announces a stop discharging notice. All of the States involved in this are  

  • North Carolina, 
  • Tennessee, 
  • Kentucky and 
  • South Carolina.

Operating in these four States are seven (7) entities or businesses that are under this order. For the time being, the time under this order occurred during the last quarter of 2010. Where there were violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA). That is a very quick action to have happened, and thanks to the Regulators in this case deserve a big thank you.

Three of the entities (facilities, or permit holders) who violated storm-water regulations.

"...polluted runoff is discharged, often untreated, directly into local water bodies. The entities cited and their associated violations include:
·         YDV, Inc., for violations at the Compass Pointe Phases 2, 3 and 11 sites in Leland, N.C.;
·         Marion Retail Investments, LLC, for violations at its Grandview Station construction site in Marion, N.C.;
·         Shelby County Schools, for violations at the Shelby County Administration Building in Arlington, Tenn."

The further listing of violations by violators are listed below. 

The City of Oak Ridge, TN - sited for Sewage Overflows, untreated into open water

Licking River Resources, inc - for unauthorized discharge of wastewater associated with surface mining and/or coal processing

Clintwood Elkhorn Mining Companyfor unauthorized discharge of wastewater associated with surface mining and/or coal processing

Lee Mayer #1 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

All of these have been ordered to stop discharging pollutants, accidentially or on purpose onto the ground, and or bodies of water near their facilities. Each one has contributed to the failing percentage of clean water. 

The concern is that they must stop and make remediation, but it will be up to the citizens of these areas to inspect, or make sure the Government agencies assigned to protect the environment continue to do so. 

It is all fine and well that they have finally been stopped, but how much damage to our entire eco-system does this stand? We must protect our environment. It is the only one we have. 

Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Infrastructure Management


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