Aug 22, 2013

Idaho Sugar Company Cited for Industrial Storm Water Discharges

Company was fined $7,500 for discharging 4,000 gal of storm water into the Snake River in 2012

Amalgamated Sugar Company Clean Water Act

The Amalgamated Sugar Co., of Paul, Idaho, violated the Clean Water Act when it discharged storm water without authorization under a federal industrial storm water permit—the Multi Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity—according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“To help protect Idaho’s water quality, industries that discharge storm water must follow the pollution controls required by the industrial storm water permit,” said Ed Kowalski, director of EPA’s enforcement program in Seattle. “Companies who fail to comply with the industrial storm water permit can put Idaho’s environment at risk and face federal penalties.”

The Amalgamated Sugar Co. is an industrial facility and is required to apply for and comply with EPA’s Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity. If the company had complied with the industrial storm water permit, they would have been required to develop a storm water pollution prevention plan and to conduct regular self-inspections of their storm water controls.

In 2012, the company discharged 4,000 gal of storm water from its storage lagoon to a drainage and irrigation ditch that drains to the Snake River, without authorization under the industrial stormwater permit. To settle the violations, the company agreed to pay a $7,500 fine and comply with the permit’s stormwater controls and environmental protections.

The Multi Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity is available to new applicants only until Sept. 30, 2013. Because this permit is expiring, it is important for industrial storm water dischargers that need permit coverage to seek it immediately.

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