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
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
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
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