The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Concord Water and Sewer Public Facilities (“Concord”) entered into a December 3rd Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permit. See LIS No. 18-095.
Concord is stated to operate a wastewater treatment facility (“Facility”) in Van Buren, Arkansas.
The Facility is stated to discharge treated wastewater into an unnamed tributary of Flat Rock Creek, that eventually flows into the Arkansas River. The discharge is authorized pursuant to an NPDES permit.
ADEQ is stated to have conducted a Compliance Evaluation Inspection (“CEI”) on March 8th and simultaneously a State Wastewater Treatment Plant Construction Inspection. The inspection is alleged to have indicated the following violations:
ADEQ is stated to have conducted a review of certified Discharge Monitoring Reports on May 22nd and identified the following alleged violations:
The CAO requires that within 30 days of the CAO’s effective date that a submission be provided to ADEQ containing a written certification from a Professional Engineer licensed in the state of Arkansas that the Facility was constructed or modified according to the approved plans and specifications. Also required are submissions regarding:
A civil penalty of $10,550 is assesses, of which $5,275 is conditionally suspended. Such suspension is contingent upon compliance with the terms of the CAO.
A copy of the CAO can be found here.