Thursday, October 8, 2009

Four LA Port Tenants Named in EPA Pollution Complaints

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has filed complaints against four Port of Los Angeles tenants alleging violations of the Clean Water Act.

The administrative complaints– which allege the firms failed to develop adequate storm water pollution plans, failed to develop on-site monitoring plans, failed to use best management practices to prevent storm water runoff pollution and discharged pollutants via storm water runoff without required federal permits– seek penalties of up to $177,000.

The four firms are San Pedro Forklift, Marine Technical Services, Eagle Marine Services, Ltd., and American Marine Corporation.

"Marine industries are responsible for managing their operations to protect the harbor and beaches from industrial runoff," said Alexis Strauss, Water Division director for the EPA's Pacific Southwest region. "EPA will continue to ensure that facilities hold the proper permits and implement required water pollution control measures."