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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

DEP Fines Veolia For Dumping Solutions Into Emporium Creek


WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Veolia ES Solid Waste of PA Inc. of Brockway, Jefferson County, more than $11,200 for residual and municipal waste violations last fall in Cameron and Centre counties.

“These violations should not have occurred and reflect poorly on Veolia’s environmental compliance record,” said DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell. “We expect Veolia to take all necessary steps to ensure they don’t recur.”

DEP inspectors responded to a complaint at GKN Sinter Metals in Emporium, Cameron County, in November 2008. They learned that a few days earlier, the driver of a Veolia truck with a roll-off dumpster was observed draining an estimated 100 gallons of dilute coolant and rust preventative into a storm drain at the garbage dock.

The drain led directly to a DEP-permitted outfall that empties into the Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek.

GKN employees had placed absorbent pads and booms in the creek to contain the contamination, but DEP inspectors were still able to see a slight sheen on the creek’s surface.

The discharge violated the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law and DEP’s residual waste regulations.

In December 2008, DEP staff inspected a Veolia truck with a roll-off dumpster at the Dale Summit Transfer Station in College Township, Centre County, and observed that the load was leaking, which violated DEP’s municipal waste regulations.

The $11,247 fine was paid to the Solid Waste Abatement Fund, which is used to help pay for cleanups across the state.

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Anonymous said...

$11,200? Ain't enough. This was intentional. The bastards outta lose a whole lot more than that for INTENTIONALLY polluting our waterways!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, then they can lay off about 1,000 more workers so they can afford to pay the fines. It would surely work out in the long run.