EPA Files Lawsuit Alleging Kennebec Scrap Iron Inc. Violated Pollution Laws

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently filed a lawsuit alleging that Kennebec Scrap Iron Inc., a scrap metal company in Oakland, violated federal law.

The federal Clean Water Act — the primary law in the U.S. regarding water pollution — requires organizations to properly monitor and dispose of waste and prevent dangerous pollutants to enter area bodies of water. However, Kennebec Scrap Iron, allegedly, failed to account for both of these processes.

The federal government is seeking penalties against the scrap metal company, involving their permits and the quality of water is the Messalonskee Stream, as a result.

The Press Herald reports that the U.S. EPA is asking Kennebec Crap Iron Inc. to pay a civil penalty of up to $37,500 per day for each violation, along with putting an end to the company’s industrial water discharge.

Around the globe, about 80% of water pollution is caused by domestic sewage, but these industrial pollutants can greatly affect our water source and the environment in extremely negative ways.

Kennebec Scrap Iron Inc. has been in business since April 2009, and they bring in cars and trucks that are then drained of fluids and crushed on site. The company is a metal recovery and recycling operation.

The fluids that are drained during the scrapping process can include gasoline, anti-freeze, motor oil, and hydraulic fluids; they also remove mercury-filled batteries and electrical switches.

Employees of Kennebec Scrap Iron declined to comment on the allegations.

The EPA alleged in their claim that the company failed to describe and maintain a preventative program for inspection and failed to identify potential spills. They also had a deficient site map for locating scraps and did not list all pollution sources in their storm water pollution protection plan.

According to Conserve Energy Future, about 70% of all industrial waste is poured into bodies of water, which in turn damages the water supply.

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