Company admits to polluting river

"Aquathin OP-ED Commentary"

     You will be amazed at lies, deceit, fraud and intent to do harm in the quick read below. For those who do not know, the Monongahela and the Allegheny Rivers join to make the Ohio River. Remember in previous News Bulletins where I mentioned someone always lives downstream ! 


Company admits to polluting river


     BRIDGEPORT, WV — LaRosa Fuel Co. pleaded guilty on 25 March to violating the Clean Water Act by dumping polluted drainage water into the Monongahela River.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said La Rosa operates an acid mine wastewater treatment pond in Everettville, WV, at a closed coal mine.  In 1997, EPA alleged, La Rosa installed a bypass pipe beneath the pond and diverted polluted drainage water containing iron, manganese and non-permitted acidic pH levels into the Monongahela River.  At the same time, EPA alleged, the defendant reported that its pond was not discharging from its permitted outfall pipe.  The discharge of polluted acid mine drainage into rivers can harm fish and wildlife and can make the rivers unsafe for use as drinking water supplies and for recreational purposes.

The case was investigated by EPA's Criminal Investigation Division with technical assistance by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Clarksburg, WV.


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Edited from Tech Bank 4/12/02