Commerce Co Fined for Violating Clean Water Act

By EGP Staff Report

A city of Commerce based company that manufactures louvers, access panels, metal cabinets and door frames has been fined $43,000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violations of the Clean Water Act, it was announced Tuesday.

As part of the settlement agreement, Air Louvers will pay $43,000 for the violations, according to the EPA announcement. The manufacture is also being required to spend an additional $25,350 for equipment upgrades at the facility.

Air Louvres was found to be improperly releasing wastewater from its metals finishing operations into the L.A. County Sanitation District sewer system. An investigation launched by the EPA in August 2010 discovered wastewater discharged by the manufacture from May 2006 to January 2011 exceeded federal limits for copper and zinc—in violation of federal pretreatment requirements. The standards, according to the EPA, were adopted to “protect municipal sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants from adverse effects of toxic discharges,” and to keep the toxics from reaching the Pacific Ocean.

“Toxic wastewater flowing into the Los Angeles sewer system can reach the Pacific Ocean,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “To protect the environment, the federal Clean Water Act requires companies to treat their wastewater before they discharge it.”

Upgrades ordered for the facility include the installation of water recycling and evaporation equipment that will eliminate all wastewater discharges from the manufacturing plant, according to the EPA statement.

The proposed consent agreement is subject to a 30-day comment period and final agency approval. The 30-day public comment period ends on February 12, 2014. A copy of the consent agreement can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/region9/enforcement/pubnotices/. For more information on The Clean Water Act, visit www.epa.gov/lawsregs/.

 

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