PITTSBURGH Three environmental groups are suing a Connecticut recycler for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act.
New Haven, Conn.-based Connecticut Fund for the Environment Inc., Norwalk, Conn.-based Soundkeeper Inc. and the Conservation Law Foundation Inc., Boston, have accused Bridgeport, Conn.-based P.C. Metals Inc. and G.C. Metals Recycling Inc. of allowing stormwater to enter local waters.
The environmental groups claim they were forced to file the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Connecticut because neither the state nor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have addressed the issue.
The groups allege that large volumes of scrap stored outdoors, uncovered on an unpaved surface, are contaminating the ground, and that trucks leaving the yard are laden with dust of metallic pollutants.
The lawsuit is asking that the recycler comply with the law and restore impaired waterways. It also asks the court to fine the company $32,500 per day for alleged violations between March 15, 2004, and Jan. 12, 2009, and $37,500 per day for alleged violations since then.
The recycler could not be reached for comment.
Earlier this month, the three environmental groups settled with one of nine Connecticut auto recyclers they sued simultaneously in 2012 (amm.com, June 12, 2012). Norwich, Conn.-based Boyds Used Auto Parts Inc. has agreed to pay $28,750 for an environmental project, $38,000 to cover the environmentalists attorney fees and $5,000 to defray costs associated with the groups projected monitoring and inspection costs.