Tuesday, June 5, 2012

USDOJ: Arecibo, Puerto Rico, to Upgrade Sewer System to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations

USDOJ: Arecibo, Puerto Rico, to Upgrade Sewer System to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations:
"WASHINGTON – A settlement between the United States and the municipality of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, will resolve violations of the Clean Water Act and specifically violations of its Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System General Permit, the Department of Justice and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. This is the first judicial action addressing violations of this type of permit.

Arecibo’s violations include releases of storm water, untreated sewage and sewage sludge and other pollutants into the Rio Grande de Arecibo in violation of its permit and the Clean Water Act. Arecibo will pay a penalty of $305,643 and will invest an estimated $56 million in repairs and upgrades to its existing infrastructure. "