Coal terminal settles up with EPA for violations

BALTIMORE, Maryland terminal operator CNX Marine Terminals will pay a $US34,600 penalty to settle alleged federal environmental regulations violations with the US Environmental Protection Agency.
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Donna Schmidt

The agency said the terminal, owned by Consol Energy, had violations including unauthorized stormwater discharges from a pipe into the Janney Run Creek, as well as a failure to properly operate and maintain a release detection system on a 2000 gallon underground storage tank.

The facility also did not conduct a line tightness test on the underground storage tank every three years, the EPA said, and failed to properly store used fluorescent lamps.

“Uncontrolled stormwater runoff often contains sediment, suspended solids, oxygen-demanding compounds and other pollutants that can harm our nation's waterways,” environmental officials said, adding that the facilities had to get EPA permits before discharging to be in compliance of the Clean Water Act.

“Underground storage tanks must be tested to prevent leaks because the greatest potential threat from a leaking UST is contamination of groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans. Federal regulations ensure that USTs are structurally sound because it is easier and less costly to prevent leaks before they happen.”

Consol spokeswoman Lynn Seay told the Baltimore Sun the company had “worked closely with the EPA to put precautionary measures into place” to prevent future pollution.

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