EPA Fines Shilling Construction Company Inc. for Alleged Clean Water Act Violations in Kansas
LENEXA, KAN. (AUGUST 19, 2022) – Asphalt manufacturer Shilling Construction Company Inc. will pay $71,324 in civil penalties to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the company has failed to adequately control stormwater runoff from its Manhattan, Kansas facility. The EPA says these failures resulted in illegal discharges of pollution into the Kansas River.
“Uncontrolled runoff from asphalt and other manufacturing facilities threatens the health of our nation’s waters and the public’s use and enjoyment of those waters,” said David Cozad, Director of the EPA Region 7 Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division. “These enforcement actions protect our streams and rivers and level the playing field with companies playing by the rules.”
In the settlement documents, the EPA alleges that Shilling Construction failed to comply with certain conditions of its CWA permit, including failure to develop an adequate plan to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff; failure to construct and/or maintain adequate storm water controls; and failure to perform and/or document required inspections and monitoring of the facility. The agency also cited violations of regulations intended to prevent spills of oil stored at company facilities.
In addition to paying the penalty, Shilling Construction agreed to submit reports to the EPA and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment outlining the steps it has taken to return to compliance, as well as the sampling of facility runoff to ensure stormwater control and management practices. Operating as intended.
Under the CWA, industrial facilities that propose to discharge into protected water bodies are required to obtain permits and follow the requirements set out in those permits to reduce polluting runoff. Failure to obtain a license or follow the requirements of a license may violate federal law.
Learn more about the EPA’s enforcement of the CWA.
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