Wastewater Treatment Plants Out of Compliance
Starting with wastewater, Kramer explained the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality had found Kingman's
Hilltop Wastewater Treatment plant fails to comply with state regulations.
Longtime problems with disinfection and dechlorination operations at the Stuttgart Wastewater
Treatment Plant in Stuttgart, Ark. had resulted in chronic violations for exceeding both fecal
coliform and chlorine residual limits in the facility’s final effluent.
Chlorination was also erratic under the flowpace system, resulting in undependable bacteria kill rates (exceeding total
fecal coliform mpn/100 mL) and expensive fines. “We could not keep the plant in compliance,”
says Plant Operator Tommy Lawson. “We would finally get our fecal levels under permitted
levels, and then we’d go out of compliance on residual chlorine.”
Four San Mateo County wastewater treatment plants violated the Clean Water Act by dumping coliform, oil, grease,
mercury and other pollutants into the Bay in amounts that exceeded their legal limits in 2005, a new report indicates.
Burlingame, South San Francisco, San Mateo and Pacifica
Florida, South Florida
13 plants are on the DEP’s violation list for non-compliance. Some violations go back years, but the plants remain on
the list until they have met all compliancy orders. The violations were compiled from DEP’s latest available public
records.The list is after the jump.
The City of Pineville has a 3.0 million gallon a day oxidation pond wastewater treatment plant. The facility was out of
compliance with its discharge permit due to numerous factors such as, lack of understanding of process controls by the
facility’s staff, inflow and infiltration, process design errors, and overloading; subsequently the facility received a
Compliance Order from the State of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
Chromium dumping stopped; guilty party yet unknown
The known carcinogen was killing the plant’s nitrogen-fixing bacteria, causing the plant to discharge between 20 parts
per million and 30 ppm of ammonia — more than five times the permitted amount — into the ditch that leads to the
creek and, eventually, the Missouri River.
North Carolina, New Bern
When I first met Mayor Raines in 2003, Princeton’s sewage treatment plant had been out of compliance for
more than a decade. Neuse River Foundation was in the process of challenging NPDES discharge permits of the
worst actors in the Neuse Basin—Princeton being one of them. Previous administrations prior to Mayor Rains ignored
the fact that the Princeton Sewage Plant was woefully out of compliance and polluting the river. In 2000 and in 2003,
Neuse River Foundation reviewed all 400 NPDES discharge permits, ultimately challenging 25 of the worst chronic
violators operating throughout the river basin when their permits came up for renewal.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking millions of dollars in fines from the city of Akron alleging its sewer
system has violated federal laws for years by dumping excessive pollutants into local rivers. In its lawsuit filed earlier this
month in U.S. District Court in Akron, the federal EPA wants to force the city to spend what could be hundreds of
millions of dollars on improvements to its wastewater treatment system to comply with the Clean Water Act. The EPA
also is seeking fines that could climb into several million dollars.
West Virginia, Slatyfork
Despite the appearance of things running smoothly from the perspective of property owners, Snowshoe General
Manager Bill Rock has said Snowshoe Water and Sewer has been out of compliance with state environmental
standards, even after spending more than $1.6 million since 2002 in upgrades to its facilities.