LENEXA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a proposed settlement with the city of
Columbia, Missouri, that resolves allegations the city violated the Clean Water Act
by discharging pollutants from the Columbia Landfill and Yard Waste Composting
EPA alleges the city’s landfill and composting facility, at 5700 Peabody Road, discharged pollutants into Hinkson Creek in
amounts higher than allowed by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
EPA also alleges the facility did not meet permit
limits for biochemical and chemical oxygen demand or total suspended solids and
iron. Additionally, the facility did not adhere to storm water best management
The city will pay $54,396 in civil penalties and perform a
Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) for the construction of a wetland
area. The project must not cost less than $475,000.
In a separate order with EPA, Columbia agreed to submit a
plan spotlighting how it will come into compliance with the Clean Water Act.
Following that, the city will need to submit quarterly updates on its progress.