EPA Settles Clean Water Act Violations with D.C. Rock and Gravel Facility for Stormwater Runoff to Anacostia River
David Sternberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PHILADELPHIA (October 5, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it has entered into a settlement agreement with Recycled Aggregates, LLC and John Driggs Company, including a penalty of $32,400, resolving alleged Clean Water Act violations at a rock and gravel processing facility located at 1721 S. Capitol St. SW in Washington, D.C. EPA alleged that these parties discharged stormwater runoff into the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) and the Anacostia River without a discharge permit as required by the Clean Water Act.
“This settlement underscores the seriousness with which EPA regards unpermitted stormwater discharges to our nation’s waterways,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin.
“Our agency will not hesitate to take vigorous enforcement action to protect and restore urban rivers like the Anacostia.”
Uncontrolled stormwater runoff from industrial sites often contains sediment, oil and grease, chemicals, metals, and other pollutants. Discharges of untreated stormwater runoff into an MS4 can result in chemical and biological impairments to our nation’s waterways. The Clean Water Act requires owners or operators of regulated industrial facilities to obtain permit coverage before commencing industrial activity.
The permit requires the reduction or elimination of pollutants from stormwater runoff by adopting and implementing best management practices including materials storage and containment, runoff reduction measures, and employee training.
As part of the settlement, Recycled Aggregates and John Driggs Co. did not admit liability for the alleged violations, but they have certified that they have obtained permit coverage and are in compliance with the Clean Water Act requirements.
Re-Agg operates three recycling facilities in the metropolitan area.
Our concrete recycling plant in the District of Columbia is the only permanent facility in the city, and we are proud to be an integral part of the Washington Metropolitan area’s commitment to recycling.
Recycling broken concrete and rock from highway, street, bridges and building projects saves precious landfill space, reduces truck traffic, lowers fuel consumption, provides better yields than quarried stone, is environmentally friendly and provides the customer a cost savings. Our recycled materials have gained wide acceptance, in large part, because of our dedication to quality control and our attention to gradation and consistency.
Increasingly, owners, developers, government agencies, architects and engineers are taking the initiative to use recycled materials in the construction of buildings, transportation and other infrastructure projects and are actively seeking certification of their projects through organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council. Our recycled aggregates can play an important part in these environmental programs. We urge our customers to take advantage of the cost savings and to be a part of the Green Initiative.