South Haven to pay $250K for violating EPA decree

2013-04-15T18:00:00Z 2013-04-16T13:33:04Z South Haven to pay $250K for violating EPA decreeTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 15, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

SOUTH HAVEN | South Haven Water Works Inc. has agreed to pay $254,250 to settle violations of its consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency, federal court records state.

South Haven and the EPA entered into a consent decree in 2003 to set requirements for the operation of South Haven's wastewater treatment plant. The decree was intended to bring the plant into compliance with the Clean Water Act and South Haven's discharge permit.

In 2008, Aqua Indiana bought all of South Haven Water Works' shares and took over the consent decree.

The EPA filed a lawsuit claiming South Haven violated the consent decree by failing to meet certain deadlines. South Haven denied the allegations, court records show.

The two entities agreed Monday to the creation of a capacity management, operation and maintenance program to ensure South Haven's future compliance.

South Haven agreed to pay $254,250 for all past violations of the consent decree and agreed to pay $1,000 per bypass or sanitary sewer overflow per day, federal court records show.

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