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.
RELATED: San Antonio to pay $2.6 million penalty for Clean Water Act violations
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.