Agency Orders Fresh and Clean Restrooms to Correctly Apply Sludge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an administrative compliance order to Fresh and Clean Restrooms LLC of Park Hills, Mo., for failure to apply sewage sludge in compliance with Clean Water Act regulations. The company also failed to treat the sludge to reduce pathogens and maintain records at its land application site at the Doe Run Desloge Mine Tailings Site in Desloge, Mo.

EPA conducted an inspection of the Desloge Mine Tailings Site in December 2009 to determine compliance with federal regulations. These regulations require that sludge applied to land must be treated to reduce pathogens. The sludge also must be either treated or applied to prevent pests and rodents that may carry potentially disease-laden materials to humans. In addition, EPA found that the company had not retained records of its land application activities as required by law.

The compliance order directs Fresh and Clean Restrooms LLC to take all necessary action to ensure the sewage sludge it applies to land is in compliance with the law, including pathogen reduction and pest reduction requirements, and requires the company to maintain all records for its land application of sewage sludge.