HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) – D.G. Yuengling and Son
Inc. agreed to settle in a case involving allegations of violating the Clean
Water Act (CWA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.
“Yuengling is responsible for serious violations of its Clean
Water Act pretreatment discharge limits, posing a potential risk to the
Schuylkill River which provides drinking water to 1.5 million people,” EPA
Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin said.
“This history of violations and failure to fully respond to orders from
the Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority and EPA to correct the problems
resulted in this enforcement action.”
The company agreed to spend roughly $7 million to improve
environmental measures at its two large-scale breweries near Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
The company will also pay a $2.8 million penalty and implement an environmental
management system (EMS) to achieve CWA compliance. A third-party consultant
will ensure the EMS is implemented properly.
“It is vital that companies using municipal wastewater
treatment facilities strictly follow pretreatment guidelines and permit limits
for their wastewater,” Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the
Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, said. “It is what good neighbors expect, and it is
what the law requires.”