New Hampshire scrap yard fined
Grimmel Industries, a metal scrap recycler
located on the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
faces a fine for allowing polluted stormwater to flow into surrounding
waters, in violation of the Clean Water Act. The Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking a proposed penalty of up to
$532,500 from the company.
Stormwater monitoring by the property owner
of Grimmel’s Portsmouth facility confirms stormwater discharges
from Grimmel’s metal scrap yard operations contain metals, suspended
solids and chemical oxygen demand which exceed permit benchmarks.
Further, the stormwater discharges contain mercury and PCBs that
cause or contribute to an exceedance of water quality standards.
Grimmel had several violations of the “Multi-sector
General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial
Activity,” including failing to perform required inspections
or sampling, and not performing required reviews of its Storm
Water Pollution Prevention Plan.