Pipe Maker Hit with Fines

Thursday, July 15, 2010 @ 02:07 PM gHale

Birmingham, Ala.-based manufacturer of cast iron pipes McWane Inc. will pay a $4 million civil penalty to resolve more than 400 violations of federal and state environmental laws, officials said.
The proposed settlement, which includes 28 manufacturing facilities in 14 states, also requires the company to perform seven environmental projects valued at $9.1 million, and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by a federal court, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Justice Department and the states of Alabama and Iowa.
The settlement addresses violations including the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act.
In addition, McWane must develop and implement a corporatewide environmental management system, which they already completed, and must further conduct an audit to evaluate the adequacy of the system, officials said. McWane also had to modify its storm water-pollution prevention plan and upgrade facility-specific plans.
“This is a comprehensive settlement that brings McWane into full environmental compliance at 28 facilities nationwide, and imposes a penalty on the company for its civil environmental violations at those facilities over the past decade,” said Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
The seven environmental projects will address storm water contamination at numerous locations, the EPA said, as well as reduce mercury emissions in Provo, Utah, and Tyler, Texas; reduce volatile organic compounds emissions in Bedford, Ind., and Anniston, Ala.; and enhance air quality in Coshocton, Ohio.
In addition, the environmental agency said McWane already had performed corrective actions at a cost in excess of $7.6 million.
“It is important to point out that this settlement does not involve new matters that reflect the current state of our operations; rather, this settlement is the beginning of the final chapter in the resolution of the historical questions that have been under discussion over the past several years,” said McWane President Ruffner Page Jr.

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