Three Maine metal recycling facilities have agreed to come into compliance with storm water regulations.
The owners will also pay a fine to resolve claims regarding the violation of federal clean water laws and state permits at three Maine locations, reported the EPA. The proposed settlement is subject to a 30 day public comment period.
Grimmel Industries, Inc., Grimmel Industries, L.L.C. and Kennebec Scrap Iron, Inc are the companies, agreeing to comply with industrial storm water permits and to pay $250,000. This will contribute to resolving the claims involving facilities in Topsham, Lewiston and Oakland, according to the EPA.
These facilities are involved in sorting, shredding, storing, and transferring processed scrap metal for recycling. After state and federal EPA inspections, violations of state industrial storm water permit requirements and of federal oil spill prevention regulations were discovered.
The Consent Decree requires Grimmel to comply with all storm water permit requirements. This includes the submission of and compliance with storm water plans and proper maintenance, monitoring and sampling.
"Storm water Pollution Prevention Plans are key to complying with industrial storm water permits," said EPA New England regional administrator Dennis Deziel. "These plans should describe everything a facility needs to do to comply with its permit. This agreement ensures that the companies will stay vigilant in their compliance."
The Topsham facility is on the site of a former paper mill beside the Androscoggin River and storm water from industrial activity flows into the river. Storm water from the Lewiston facility drains into a culvert running under a road, empties into Hart Brook and then flows into the Androscoggin River. And storm water from the Oakland Facility flows into two streams that are tributaries to Messalonskee Stream, reported the EPA.
At the Topsham and Lewiston facilities, there were oil spill prevention planning requirements violations.
The investigation concluded that the companies did not have adequate storm water pollution prevention plans or best management practices.