Strategic Materials is second glass company to be fined for environmental breach

A second US company has been fined with regards to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) claims of violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Strategic Materials, based in Houston, Texas, operates the glass recycling facility, which is located at the edge of wetlands abutting Mine Brook, a tributary of the Charles River.

Glass recycling company Strategic Materials, Inc. agreed to pay a penalty of USD 159,750 to settle the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) claims that it violated the federal Clean Water Act.
The EPA said the company allowed polluted storm water from its Franklin, Mass. facility to flow into nearby waters. Strategic Materials, based in Houston, Texas, operates the glass recycling facility, which is located at the edge of wetlands abutting Mine Brook, a tributary of the Charles River.
EPA alleged Strategic Materials initially failed to obtain permit coverage for its storm water discharges and failed to prepare a storm water pollution prevention plan.
EPA also alleged that once Strategic Materials obtained permit coverage, it discharged stormwater from the facility in violation of various terms and conditions of EPA’s ‘Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity.’
Since the inspection, Strategic Materials has come into compliance with the federal law.
The company revised its storm water pollution prevention plan, improved the design and implementation of control measures that minimize pollutant discharges, and began regularly performing the required facility inspections and outfall assessments.
US glass container manufacturer Owens-Brockway Glass Container was also fined for alleged violations of an environmental act.