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United States v. Velsicol Chem. Corp.

Citation: 8 ELR 20745
No. No. C-75-462, 12 ERC 1417/(W.D. Tenn., 10/10/1978)

The court imposes a civil penalty of $30,000 for more than 300 violations of the pretreatment limitations contained in defendant's national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit which restricts discharges of the pesticides endrin and heptachlor into the municipal sewage treatment plant to one pound per day. Neither willfulness nor proof of actual harm is required for imposition of a civil penalty under § 309(d) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The court points to defendant's failure to make a diligent effort to comply with the permit and the toxic nature of the effluent being illegally discharged as additional factors relevant to the determination of the appropriate amount of the penalty to be assessed.

Counsel for Plaintiff
%w. Hickman Ewing, Ass't U.S. Attorney
10th Floor Federal Bldg., Memphis TN 38103
(901) 521-4231

Counsel for Defendant
William D. Evans, Jr.
Montedonico, Heiskell, Davis, Glanker, Brown & Gilliland
Suite 2000, One Commerce Square, Memphis TN 38103
(901) 525-1322

James W. Gentry, Jr.
Gentry & Boehm
503 Pioneer Bldg., Chattanooga TN 37402
(615) 756-5020