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Monday, February 3, 2014

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A California company operating a metal finishing facility violated clean water laws by improper disposal of wastewater into the Los Angeles County Sanitation District sewer system, according to federal environmental regulators.

The product manufacturer, Air Louvers/Activar Construction Products Group Inc., of Commerce, will pay a $43,000 fine and spend $23,350 to upgrade its finishing facility to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed consent agreement with the company Jan. 14.

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“Toxic wastewater flowing into the Los Angeles sewer system can reach the Pacific Ocean,” said EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld.

Air Louvers did not respond to a request for comment on the case.

Investigation and Discovery

The 30-year-old company owns and operates a facility that manufactures louvers, access panels, metal cabinets and door frames. As part of its production processes, the facility generates and discharges wastewater to the LACSD sewer system.

EPA began investigating Air Louvers in August 2010.

The investigators discovered that the Air Louvers had discharged wastewater above federal limits for copper and zinc on 10 occasions between May 2006 and January 2011—in violation of its federal pretreatment discharge requirements.

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The company manufactures louvers, access panels, metal cabinets and door frames.

The Clean Water Act requires companies to treat their wastewater before they discharge it.

The standards are designed to protect municipal sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants from adverse effects of toxic discharges, including the potential pass-through of toxics to the Pacific Ocean, according to the federal agency.

Upgrade Agreement

As part of this settlement, Air Louvers will spend $25,350 to install new technology, including water recycling and evaporation equipment, to eliminate all wastewater discharges from its plant, EPA said.

The proposed consent agreement is subject to a 30-day comment period and final agency approval. The comment period ends Feb. 12.

   

Tagged categories: Building materials; Environmental Protection; EPA; Metal coatings; Metal panels; Regulations; Windows

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