Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment – Grant County Environmental Quality Division and Water Association Enter Consent Administrative Order | Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC


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The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment – Environmental Quality Division (“DEQ”) and the Sardis Water Association / Public Water Authority (“SWA”) entered into an order on September 22 Administrative Consent (“CAO”) for an alleged violation of a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) Permit under the Clean Water Act. See LIS No. 21-095.

SWA is reported to operate a water treatment plant with backwashing filter (“Facility”) in Sheridan, Arkansas.

The facility is supposed to discharge treated wastewater into a tributary of Hurricane Creek which ultimately empties into the Ouachita River. The discharge is authorized under an NPDES permit. The NPDES permit held by the facility is described as a general NPDES water treatment plant permit ARG640000 for water treatment plants.

DEQ and SWA reportedly held a meeting on March 23.

SWA reportedly said that construction of a new treatment plant with filtering backwash basins for the facility was completed without obtaining cover under the NPDES General Water Treatment Plant Permit for water treatment plants. This is described by the CAO as the construction of a wastewater treatment plant without first obtaining a permit from the DEQ.

DEQ subsequently issued coverage under the aforementioned general permit on April 7 for the SWA facility.

The CAO imposes a civil fine of $ 1,400 which could have been reduced to $ 700 if the document had been signed and returned to DEQ within 20 calendar days of receipt.

A copy of the CAD can be downloaded here.

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