The state Department of Environmental Protection recently reached proposed settlement agreements with five companies, a public service district and a community college that allegedly violated environmental laws.
The proposed agreements call for monetary penalties ranging from $4,430 to $15,110.
All of the proposed agreements are posted online at www.dep.wv.gov/pio/Pages/Settle ments,Ordersouttopublicnotice.aspx. The department is seeking public comments. The deadline for filing comments varies.
Here's a summary:
- Recycling Unlimited of Parkersburg's water pollution control permit for storm water discharges allegedly expired in 2009 and was not renewed. Recycling Unlimited's Daniel Daley agreed on Jan. 18 to have the company renew the permit and pay a $5,310 fine.
- O.V. Smith and Sons of Charleston allegedly failed to properly maintain a sewage treatment plant the company operates near Chapmanville. Company president James Smith agreed on Jan. 30 to have the company take corrective action and pay a $9,123 fine.
- Dietrich Fansler, who operates a construction site identified as Mayfield Estates 3 on Tibbs Road in Morgantown, allegedly allowed untreated sediment-laden water to enter in an unnamed tributary of Tibbs Run and did not have a water discharge permit. Fansler agreed on Feb. 10 to take corrective action and pay a fine of up to $4,830.
- Laney Directional Drilling Co. of Humble, Texas, allegedly discharged drilling mud into an intermittent stream that resulted in pollution of the Elk River near Frametown in Braxton County in June 2011. During a Nov. 17, 2011, meeting between a representative of Laney and the Department of Environmental Protection, it was agreed that the spills had been cleaned up. On Feb. 20 T.J. Strickland, Laney's general manager, agreed the company would pay a $11,230 fine.
- Shelton Trucking Co. of Summersville allegedly failed to renew a storm water discharge permit for a facility it operates near Drennen, Nicholas County. Shelton agreed to take corrective action and pay a $4,430 fine.
- The Boone-Raleigh Public Service District of Sylvester allegedly failed to obtain a permit for its water treatment plant discharge into the Big Coal River near Whitesville, Boone County. The district agreed to take corrective action and pay a $15,110 fine.
- Blue Ridge Community College of Martinsburg allegedly gave its contractor notice to proceed with a construction project before a water pollution control permit was obtained. After a permit was issued, state inspectors allegedly found that the permit was being violated because the contractor was not following the approved construction sequence. On Feb. 14 the college's John Harris agreed the college would take corrective action and pay a $9,910 fine.