July 19, 2016 09:14

Indiana Scrap Yard Fined for PCB Discharge

Hartford Iron & Metal has been fined $60,000 and ordered to stop discharging PCB-contaminated stormwater into city sewers. The scrap yard admittedly has allowed PCB-laced stormwater to run off the property into the street and down a sewer drain 18 times since 2012. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) issued the order after the scrap yard declined an offer to enter into an agreement to settle the violations.

The Hartford city scrap yard and its insurance company have been fighting in federal court. In a letter to IDEM, the scrap yard’s attorney said that insurance contractor August Mack Environmental (AME), as well as the CNA group of insurance companies, constructed and operated a “seriously defective” stormwater collection and treatment system that pumps diluted stormwater into a tank farm storage/sedimentation system. He also alleged that AME continues to use an unlined gravel pit to divert portions of the contaminated stormwater into soil and groundwater.

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