Chocolate and candy manufacturer Russell Stover Candies Inc., Kansas City, Kan., has agreed to pay a $585,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act at its facility in Iola, Kan.
June 2008, when the Environmental Protection Agency audited the city of Iola’s
pretreatment implementation activities, it identified numerous program
deficiencies, including Russell Stover’s discharges of acidic wastewater to a
publicly owned treatment works. In July 2009, the EPA issued an administrative
compliance order to the candy maker to cease the discharges and set up
monitoring, and to provide additional information to the EPA.
violations were documented through sampling conducted by Russell Stover but did
not stop until the EPA issued the 2009 compliance, at which time the company
implemented pretreatment measures and enhanced its discharge monitoring.
settlement sends a clear message,” says EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks.
“Companies that use publicly owned treatment works to treat their wastewater
must follow the law. In this case, Russell Stover had been discharging acidic
wastewater for years, and deteriorated sewer lines and manholes in Iola.”
consent decree requires Russell Stover to perform compliance monitoring for a
period of two years and submit a pretreatment plan if the monitoring shows
noncompliance. The consent decree is subject to a public comment period and
court approval before it becomes final.
Candy Maker Settles with EPA Over Wastewater
July 3, 2012