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M&R Used Auto Parts fighting group’s lawsuit claiming pollution

Keywords: Tags  auto recycler, Clean Water Act, Clean Earth Now, M&R Used Auto Parts, stormwater runoff, scrap, pollution, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — A Georgia auto recycler and scrap metal facility, M&R Used Auto Parts Inc., is fighting a lawsuit filed by an environmental group that claims it is polluting local waterways.

Atlanta-based Clean Earth Now Inc. alleges that stormwater runoff from the Mableton, Ga.-based facility is being discharged into the Chattahoochee River and associated waterways in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

The owner of M&R Used Auto Parts told AMM that the business is in compliance and denied all the charges.

The environmental group’s lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Georgia alleges that because the majority of the company’s recycling takes place outside, stormwater escapes the yard and makes its way into local waterways.

M&R Used Auto Parts said in a filed response that the only factual part of Clean Earth Now’s assertion is that it does rain sometimes on the scrapyard.

The group is seeking fines of $32,500 per violation per day on or before Jan. 12, 2009, and $37,500 per violation per day for each incident after that date.

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