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US EPA Fines for Companies Polluting Bay Area Waterways

EPA fines companies for sending pollutants from San Jose sites into Bay Area waterways

Associated Press
Posted: 05/20/2009 04:33:03 PM PDT
Updated: 05/20/2009 05:03:38 PM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is fining two waste management companies for polluting San Francisco Bay area waterways.

Agency officials say California Waste Solutions was cited for sending trash and other pollutants from three of its locations in Oakland and San Jose into nearby waterways from 2002 to 2007. The company has been ordered to pay more than $261,000 for federal Clean Water Act violations.

Officials say American Metal and Iron Inc. was cited in September 2008 for sending polluted storm water discharges into Coyote Creek from two of its San Jose sites. It will pay $45,000 in penalties.

The Clean Water Act requires that waste management companies must have plans to prevent pollution from entering storm water.

The Waster: Phew! $261,000 is a big fine by UK standards!

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