Company to pay $2.5M penalty for CWA violations at LA wastewater plant

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DALLAS, TX, July 15, 2014 -- On Thursday, July 10, the Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Louisiana announced that Houston-based CCS Inc. and several of its operating subsidiaries will pay a $2.5-million civil penalty relating to operations at its industrial wastewater treatment plant located in Shreveport, La.

The settlement will resolve violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act and the hazardous waste law known as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

In 2006, CCS acquired the plant through a purchase of two closely-held companies, and following the sale, inspections by EPA and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality led to the discovery of these violations and others. 

These infractions include unpermitted storage and improper handling of hazardous wastes and sludge, unpermitted stormwater discharges and noncompliance with Clean Air Act requirements for benzene-containing wastes.

After discovering these violations, CCS ceased wastewater treatment operations at the facility. Under EPA supervision, CCS removed the hazardous wastes illegally stored there. The $2.5-million civil penalty will be split evenly between the United States and state of Louisiana.

The stipulation of settlement, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, is subject to a 45-day public comment period and approval by the federal court.

See also:

"WA firms settle CWA violations with EPA as part of Puget Sound initiative"

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

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