CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Bruce Allen Inc., operator of an equipment maintenance facility near Ripley, would pay a $27,375 fine and the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, which operates a sewage plant at its Spring Heights Educational Center near Spencer, would pay an $8,830 fine for alleged pollution violations under proposed consent orders with the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The department said that in April 2010 it determined that Bruce Allen Inc. was operating without an industrial storm water discharge permit. After a permit was issued, a department inspection documented several alleged permit violations.
The water pollution control permit for the Spring Heights Education Center's sewage treatment plant was not renewed when it expired in July 2011, the department alleged.
During a June 2012 meeting, representatives of Spring Heights said it had eliminated discharges from the plant but on July 19, the department said its personnel observed that the plant was discharging, two lift stations were actively overflowing, and there was evidence that a third lift station had recently overflowed.
A subsequent inspection determined that the Spring Heights plant had created sludge deposits in state waters, the department alleged.
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The department is accepting public comments on the consent orders. The cases are posted on the department's website.
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.