Jun 03, 2016

EPA Reaches Settlement with Acme Foundry

Company to pay nearly $29,000 for alleged storm water permit violations

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EPA Region 7 reached an administrative settlement with Acme Foundry Inc. of Coffeyville, Kan., to resolve industrial storm water violations under the Clean Water Act.

Under the settlement, Acme Foundry must comply with its industrial storm water permit, pay a penalty of $28,975 and implement a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP).

EPA investigations in March 2015 found Acme Foundry Inc. failed to comply with its industrial storm water permit due to unauthorized discharges containing pollutants. The company failed to:

  • Develop and update an adequate storm water pollution prevention plan;
  • Implement best management practices to reduce the amount of pollutants in storm water;
  • Perform facility inspections;
  • Conduct annual comprehensive site compliance evaluations;
  • Conduct visual storm water monitoring; and
  • Conduct employee training.

Under a previously issued administrative compliance order, Acme Foundry is addressing each of the violations and will install and maintain structural and non-structural controls to bring the facility into compliance with its industrial storm water permit.

Under this settlement, Acme Foundry will pay a $28,975 penalty for its alleged storm water permit violations and complete a SEP by Jan. 1, 2017, estimated at $600,000, to replace the existing wet scrubber air emissions control with a fabric filter to reduce air emissions.

Material handling and storage, equipment maintenance and cleaning, and other activities at industrial facilities are often exposed to the weather. Runoff from rainfall or snowmelt that comes in contact with these activities can transport pollutants directly to a nearby river or lake, or indirectly via a storm sewer and degrade water quality.

The Clean Water Act seeks to protect streams and wetlands that form the foundation of our nation’s water resources, which are critical in adapting to climate change impacts like drought, stronger storms and warmer temperatures.

The settlement is subject to a 40-day public comment period before it becomes final. The public comment period began May 19, 2016. Information on how to submit comments is available at http://www.epa.gov/ks/region-7-table-clean-water-act-public-notices.