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Four marine companies operating in Southern California face fines of up to $177,500 for storm water violations
Release Date: 10/06/2009
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244 1815, email@example.com
For Immediate Release: October 6, 2009
Contact: Francisco Arcaute
(213) 244-1815, Cell (213) 798-1404
for storm water violations
Firms discharging to San Pedro Harbor cited
LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed administrative complaints against San Pedro Forklift, Marine Technical Services, Eagle Marine Services, Ltd., and American Marine Corporation. All four facilities are tenants of the Port of Los Angeles. The administrative complaints each seek penalties of up to $177,500 for alleged storm water violations.
According to the EPA, San Pedro Forklift, Marine Technical Services, Eagle Marine Services, Ltd., and American Marine Corporation, violated the Clean Water Act.
The violations committed by the four firms included:
- a) discharging pollutants in storm water without a storm water permit or not in compliance with a storm water permit;
b) failing to develop and implement an adequate storm water pollution prevention plan, which identifies sources of industrial storm water pollution and how the firm intends to manage them;
c) failing to develop a site-specific written monitoring plan;
d) failing to use best management practices to prevent and minimize pollutants from entering storm water.
Polluted runoff is a major cause of water pollution that can carry pollutants, such as metals, oil and grease, acidic wastewater, bacteria, trash, and other toxic pollutants from industrial sources into nearby water sources. The EPA requires industrial facilities to prevent water pollution by complying with federal and state water pollution requirements.
Today’s action is part of a comprehensive effort to ensure that ports, as well as their tenants, comply with storm water requirements. The U.S. EPA and the Los Angeles Regional Quality Control Board conducted a storm water audit of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in May 2007, and issued 20 administrative orders to the Ports’ tenants in November 2007, including these four firms.
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have taken positive steps to address the conclusions of EPA’s audit in their recently approved Water Resources Action Plan (WRAP). The WRAP includes the framework and mechanisms for compliance with storm water permits issued to the Ports, their tenants and the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The federal Clean Water Act requires that municipal and many industrial facilities that discharge pollutants directly from a point source into a waterway obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.
The EPA has also supported the Ports’ development of a Clean Air Action Plan that seeks to reduce emissions of diesel particulates, nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides from port-related sources by nearly 50% by 2011.
For more information on wastewater and storm permits, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/region09/water/npdes