Water treatment

May 31, 2013

Faulty Valve Leads to Evacuation

Source: Great American Environmental Division, May 2013

The operator of a small waste water treatment plant was in the process of receiving a bulk shipment of chlorine bleach used in the treatment process at the facility. Unfortunately, the valve connecting the hose to the tank was not secure. Before the vendor and operator realized what had happened, a significant amount of chlorine bleach was released. The liquid chlorine ran down the parking area and into a small culvert on a neighboring property. The vendor was able to close the valve but the spill had caused the culvert and surrounding soil to he contaminated. Fumes from the release caused an adjacent manufacturing operation to he evacuated. The cost to neutralize the chlorine and remediate the spill was significant and the company was fined as well. The facility had environmental coverage which covered both clean up and fines and would respond to third party bodily injury and business interruption claims should they arise.


February 15, 2011

Diesel-fuel is the cause of Whitesburg water contamination, official says

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (KY), February 14, 2011
Posted on: http://envfpn.advisen.com

For the third time in less than three years, Childers Oil in Whitesburg has been tied to pollution that shut down the city’s water system.

Residents smelled petroleum in their tap water Saturday morning, and the municipal treatment plant was immediately shut down. On Monday, after testing and searching all weekend, officials determined that diesel fuel had leaked down a ditch line from the Childers Oil bulk plant upstream from the water treatment plant, said state Division of Water spokeswoman Allison Fleck.

Workers drilled concrete at the plant Monday afternoon, trying to determine precisely which pipe or tank was leaking.

“It was a miniscule amount,” Childers Oil owner Don Childers told the Herald-Leader Monday. “We’re working on it. We haven’t pinpointed a source. For all we know it could have been (someone else) dumping in the ditch line.”

Childers Oil donated pallets of water to be distributed to customers of Whitesburg’s water system.…

December 10, 2010

Beef producer JBS Souderton to split 2M payment between feds, state for creek pollution

Publication Date 06/17/2010
Source: Philadelphia Daily News (PA)

A beef-processing plant reached a settlement yesterday with the U.S. Attorney’s Office over its six-year history of pollution violations.

JBS Souderton violated the Clean Water Act and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law by releasing animal waste, E. coli, ammonia, oil and grease into Skippack Creek in Montgomery County, according to authorities.

The company has agreed to pay $1.9 million in civil penalties, divided between the federal government and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The company also agreed to pay $100,000 in civil damages to the state’s Fish and Boat Commission.…