Brooklyn, N.Y., scrap metal recycler is still facing a Clean
Water Act lawsuit for allegedly discharging polluted stormwater
runoff from its facility even after the state intervened.
Raritan Baykeeper Inc. filed the lawsuit against Cropsey Scrap
Iron & Metal Corp. alleging that the recycler failed to
obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
(NPDES) permit or comply with its conditions.
Cropsey has scrap
piles 15 feet high that contain contaminants that can work
their way into the stormwater, according to the lawsuit filed
in U.S. District Court in New York.
group indicated in the legal complaint that the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation visited the facility
and initiated the permit process after it received a 60-day
warning of intent to sue.
An attorney for
Raritan Baykeeper said it was glad the state agency had become
engaged but decided to pursue the case because it hadnt
heard directly from the metal recycler.
Executives at the
company said they believed they were in compliance as they had
not been notified that they needed an NPDES permit, but they
have now taken steps to secure one. The company added that its
misunderstanding about the need for the permit was addressed
immediately after the state agency visited the facility.