Settlement Reached in Clean Water Act Violations
EPA’s Region 7 has reached a proposed settlement with Organic Resource Management, Inc., (ORMI), a company that collects cooking grease and other liquid wastes, and its parent company, St. Louis Composting, Inc., for violations of the Clean Water Act.
An inspection found that the ORMI facility in Fort Bellefontaine, Missouri, discharged pollutants in excess of its NPDES permit limits into a tributary of Coldwater Creek, currently on Missouri’s list of impaired waters. The facility was also found to be in violation for failure to submit and/or retain monitoring and inspection reports, conduct required site inspections, and submit annual reports.
The companies have agreed to pay a cash penalty of $24,000. They will also perform a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP), building retention basins to reduce or eliminate stormwater discharges at their Trojan Park ‘urban greenway’ development in Wellston, Missouri, at a projected cost of $36,000. The basins will also serve as butterfly habitats.