Company to upgrade 18 wastewater plants in MS to prevent illegal sewage discharges

Sponsored by


ATLANTA, GA, March 7, 2014 -- A proposed settlement has been announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Justice and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality with Total Environmental Solutions, Inc. (TESI) and Utility Services, LLC to address violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

These companies have agreed to undertake a thorough assessment of, and implement extensive improvements to, 18 wastewater treatment facilities and wastewater collection and transmission systems located throughout Mississippi for effluent violations and unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage. 

The proposed consent decree resolves TESI's liability for CWA violations at these Mississippi facilities, including instances of failure to monitor and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). TESI's failure to properly operate and maintain these wastewater treatment facilities and wastewater collection and transmission systems resulted in violations of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued by the State of Mississippi.

Utility Services, LLC intends to purchase these facilities from TESI and then assume the responsibilities of TESI to perform the injunctive relief required under the consent decree at an estimated cost of $1.075 million. The proposed consent decree also requires TESI to pay a civil penalty of $225,000.

Keeping raw sewage out of the waters of the United States is one of EPA's national enforcement initiatives. The initiative focuses on reducing sewer overflows and permit limit exceedances, which can present a significant threat to human health and the environment. These reductions are accomplished by obtaining commitments from the operators of wastewater systems to implement timely, affordable solutions to these problems.

The proposed consent decree has been lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval. A copy is available on the Department of Justice website (found here). Further, more information on EPA's national enforcement initiative is available here.

###

Sponsored by

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Research reveals dramatic growth of global hydropower expected this decade

Based on new statistics, an unprecedented boom in global hydropower dam construction is underway, primarily in developing countries and emerging economies.

DOD, NIH awards Cambrian prestigious contracts to further develop advanced biotechnologies

Cambrian Innovation recently won a prestigious contract from the Department of Defense and another two from the National Institutes of Health to further develop biotechnologies to dramatically improve water treatment, testing and remediation.

MWH Global promotes nearly a dozen employees to VP positions

MWH Global has officially announced the promotion of three employees to senior vice president and eight others to vice president. The promotions were confirmed by the MWH board of directors at its August board meeting.

Online Zeta Potential Measurement Provides Water Treatment Control, Cost Reduction

Online zeta potential measurements can provide real-time water quality monitoring and support effective process control under all circumstances. The value of online measurement is illustrated through the experiences of Aurora Water, which is using zeta potential at one facility as both an offline and online tool for monitoring and controlling water treatment processes.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA