Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Announces Environmental Settlement with National Maintenance and Repair of Kentucky, Inc.
Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today a settlement reached by his Office of Civil and Environmental Law with National Maintenance and Repair of Kentucky, Inc., a Kentucky-based corporation which owns and operates a barge cleaning and repair facility in Ledbetter, Kentucky.
The $250,000 settlement comes as a result of a referral from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and a lengthy, cooperative joint investigation into allegations that the company generated, stored and shipped hazardous waste on the Ohio River from its Western Kentucky facility to West Virginia without the necessary environmental permits and manifests.
“Protecting the Ohio River from toxic waste is a critical task,” said Attorney General Stumbo. “Citizens depend on us to safeguard Kentucky’s waters and crack down on careless handling of dangerous substances. Recent barge spills on the Ohio River near Louisville underscore the dangers to our drinking water and recreational resources. I will continue to use my Office to ensure that environmental violators don’t get off with a simple slap on the wrist.”
Attorney General Stumbo exercised his authority under KRS 15.255(1)(a) and (c) to protect the environment was after receiving evidence regarding three barges laden with hazardous waste without the required environmental paperwork.
“As with the DART environmental settlement that protected the Mammoth Cave system and the East Kentucky Waste discharge case that protected the Big Sandy River, this is another example of teamwork with the US EPA that has resulted in the protection of Kentucky’s environment and its citizens.” Stumbo added.
Dart Container Corporation is a Michigan-based company that owns and operates a facility in Horse Cave, Kentucky that manufactures plastic and foam products. In 2005, the Attorney General reached a $325,000 settlement with Dart after it was observed piping discharge from a production line into a sinkhole that ran into Green River, near Mammoth Cave. In 2006, the Office of the Attorney General arrested the owner of Dave’s Concrete Products and Septic Service in Hagerhill, Kentucky for dumping raw sewage from commercial and private septic systems into a drain leading into the Big Sandy River. The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (EPPC) also assisted in those cases.
“Companies that deal in hazardous waste must know and follow the law,” said Steve Collins, environmental investigator for the Office of the Attorney General. “We are watching them.”
The Agreed Settlement between the Office of the Attorney General and National Maintenance and Repair of Kentucky was signed on Friday, June 22, 2007. National Maintenance and Repair of Kentucky denies all wrongdoing.
Click here to read the Settlement Agreement. (524kb PDF)