Environmental Protection

APM Terminals Fined for Violating Stormwater Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 30 proposed a fine of $47,100 against APM Terminals Pacific Limited for violations of its stormwater permit at its Port of Los Angeles facility.

According to the EPA, between October 1, 2004 and January 17, 2008, APM Terminals Pacific Limited -- one of the world’s largest container terminal companies -- reportedly discharged industrial-activity stormwater at its marine shipping container terminal facility, a violation of Clean Water Act and the California National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

“Controlling stormwater pollution is key to improving Southern California water quality,” said Alexis Strauss, Water Division director for the EPA's Pacific Southwest region. “Many tools to control stormwater pollution are simply good housekeeping and continued maintenance.”

The proposed settlement is subject to a 30-day public comment period. For information or to comment, go to: www.epa.gov/region09/enforcement/pubnotices/pubnotice-apm-terminals.html

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