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Environmentalists sue PSC for alleged river pollution

Keywords: Tags  PSC Metals, scrapyard, auto shredder, Cumberland River pollution, Tennessee Environmental Council, Rediscover East!, Nashville, U.S. EPA Tennesse Dept. of Environment and Conservation

PITTSBURGH — Two environmental groups are accusing PSC Metals Inc. of illegally discharging pollutants into the Cumberland River from its 52-acre auto shredding and scrap metal processing facility in Nashville, Tenn.

Tennessee Environmental Council and Rediscover East! said they filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Tennessee because the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation had turned a blind eye and failed to take action.

The city of Nashville issued a notice of violation of its local stormwater ordinance to the recycler in September 2010 and October 2011, according to the lawsuit, and in 2011 the EPA recommended that the facility be prosecuted for "a consistent history of polluting the Cumberland River via illicit discharges of process water mixing with stormwater."

The environmental groups want the court to order the company to gain compliance with the Clean Water Act and fine the company $37,500 per day for each violation.

PSC, an Icahn Enterprises LP subsidiary, said it does not comment on litigation.

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