* On Dec. 13, CSG Holdings Inc. paid $150,000 to resolve claims that it allowed polluted stormwater and process water from its Columbia, N.H., facility to flow into waters nearby in violation of storm runoff regulations, the EPA announced. CSG Holdings is the former operator of Columbia Sand and Gravel, a sand and gravel mining facility on the banks of the Connecticut River, the EPA said.
* On Nov. 26, the Miller Company Inc. of Meriden, Conn. agreed to spend $25,000 to purchase and provide emergency response equipment for the Meriden Fire Department under a settlement with EPA for claims that the company violated the Clean Water Act and federal regulations designed to prevent oil spills from reaching waterways. The company will also pay $7,500, the EPA announced.
* Miller Company, which manufactures copper base alloys, was found to have had a tank overflow in Dec. 2010, and an oil sheen was reported more than a mile away from the site, the EPA said.
* On Nov. 11, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the EPA and the DOJ announced a settlement with the city of Jackson, Miss., in which the city agreed to pay $437,916 for allowing overflow sewage at its Savanna Street Wastewater Treatment Plant into local waterways, the EPA said. As part of the agreement, the city will have to implement supplemental environmental projects valued at $875,000, the government said.
* On Sept. 19, regulators announced a $177,000 settlement with Alaska Gold Co., for alleged clean water violations in connection with a mine near Nome, Alaska. State and federal environmental regulators found six instances of alleged violations from June 2009 to September 2011, the EPA said.
* On August 22, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC will pay a civil penalty of $1.25 million to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) at its Suffolk Downs racetrack facility in Revere and East Boston, Mass. The company is also spending more than $3 million to prevent polluted water from entering nearby waterways and will provide water quality monitoring and protection efforts with more than $742,000 for more than 123 square miles of watershed, the EPA announced.
* On June 20, homebuilder Toll Brokers Inc., agreed to pay $741,000 in penalties and to implement companywide storm water controls following construction site violations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the EPA announced. U.S. regulators allege more than over 600 stormwater violations that were discovered through site inspections and by reviewing documentation submitted by Toll Brothers, the EPA said.
* On May, 31, Wendt Construction agreed to pay $170,000 following Illegal dumping to federally protected wetlands during construction of a strip mall, according to the EPA. The company has agreed to spend another $150,000 to restore the wetlands, the EPA also said. Owner Dennis Wendt was accused of allegedly dumping the equivalent of 200 large truckloads into the wetlands near Strongs Creek in Humboldt County between 2005 and 2008. The wetlands protect salmon habitat.
* On May 29, Kansas City, Kan.-based Mid-America Pipeline Company LLC and Enterprise Products Operating LLC, of Houston, Texas, agreed to pay a fine of more than $1 million to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the EPA announced. In addition to the $1.04 million penalty, the companies agreed to improve their safety, prevention and reporting procedures in the wake of three separate discharge incidents from 2007 to 2011 related to three natural gasoline pipeline spills in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, the EPA said.
--Compiled by Cyril Tuohy from EPA news releases
February 19, 2013
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