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EPA May Fine Port of LA Company Over Pollution Water Laws

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The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that they are fining a container company nearly $50,000 for environmental violations. APM Terminals Pacific Limited-- one of the world’s largest container terminal companies--reportedly discharged industrial-activity storm water at its marine shipping container terminal facility, a violation of Clean Water Act and the California National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, according to the agency.

"Controlling storm water pollution is key to improving Southern California water quality," said Alexis Strauss, Water Division director for the EPA's Pacific Southwest region. "Many tools to control storm water pollution are simply good housekeeping and continued maintenance."

Interestingly enough, the public has somewhat of a say in the fine. Maybe it should be more, maybe it should be less? The EPA is accepting public comments for 30 days.