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An Idaho sugar company will have to pay a $7,500 fine to settle accusations that it violated the Clean Water Act by dumping industrial stormwater into the Snake River without a permit.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that Amalgamated Sugar Company, based in Paul, Idaho, disposed of 4,000 gallons of stormwater from its storage lagoon, discharging it into a drainage ditch that led into the river. All industrial businesses are required to have a Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity in order to meet EPA standards. They must develop a stormwater pollution prevention plan and conduct regular self-inspections of their stormwater controls.
The permit allows companies to discharge only a certain amount of industrial stormwater with specific pollution controls in order to comply with the Clean Water Act. Those that are non-compliant put the environment at risk and have to pay a federal penalty, explained Ed Kowalski, director of the EPA's enforcement program in Seattle.
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Apart from the financial penalty, Amalgamated Sugar Company will have to comply with the permit's stormwater controls and all environmental protection regulations, the agency said.
The Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity is expiring and will be available to new applicants only until 30 September 2013.