Benson Metal Corp. is being sued by an environmental group for
allegedly violating the federal Clean Water Act less than a
year after it settled similar pollution concerns with state
Riverkeeper Inc. is
accusing the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based scrap company of unlawfully
discharging pollutants into a local waterway.
An attorney for
Ossining, N.Y.-based Riverkeeper said that the group filed the
lawsuit because its concerns are different from those addressed
by the state lawsuit.
In December, Benson
agreed to pay $85,000 to settle water pollution litigation
launched by the state attorney general and the state Department
of Environmental Conservation (
amm.com, Dec. 5).
stemmed from an unexpected mishap when a dock collapsed at the
facility, a Benson spokesman said. Construction efforts to
remedy the situation are under way and the company hopes to
resolve the legal issue with the environmental group.
Riverkeeper is asking
the court to force the recycler to gain compliance and is
seeking fines of $32,500 per day per violation between March
15, 2004, and Jan. 12, 2009, and $37,500 per day for each