CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The operator of a truck terminal in Institute has agreed to pay a $49,756 fine for allegedly violating state pollution laws.
Quala Systems Inc., headquartered in Exton, Pa., agreed to pay the fine for allegedly violating its permit to operate a disposal system for the direct discharge of treated industrial wastes into an unnamed tributary of the Kanawha River at Institute.
The state Department of Environmental Protection alleged that a Feb. 1, 2011, inspection turned up inaccurate reports and a fecal coliform count that exceeded the maximum daily permitted at a discharge outlet. The department also alleged that the company's discharges had exceeded permitted limitations 18 times in recent months.
According to a proposed consent order signed July 27 by James Rakitsky, Quala Systems agreed to bring its operations into compliance and pay the fine.
In an unrelated case, an undated consent decree was proposed in McDowell Circuit Court that would resolve selenium discharge limitations and other pollution issues for Black Wolf Mining Co.'s mine near Thorpe, McDowell County. Black Wolf would pay a $68,200 fine.
In other cases:
* A Jan. 9 inspection of Elkins Metal Recycling's operation at Elkins allegedly showed the company failed to develop and implement a groundwater protection plan, failed to document inspections and training, failed to clean petroleum-based spills, and failed to report spills.
An April 9 inspection allegedly revealed additional violations. In a consent order signed on July 30 by Andrew Gongola, Elkins Recycling agreed to bring its operations into compliance and pay a $16,830 fine.