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California water utility fined $390,000 for improper arsenic disposal

Water and wastewater utility California American Water has agreed to pay a fine of $390,000 penalty for improperly disposing of arsenic extracted from three local water systems, according to the District Attorney’s Environmental...


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April 17, 2014 by Hazmat Management

Water and wastewater utility California American Water has agreed to pay a fine of $390,000 penalty for improperly disposing of arsenic extracted from three local water systems, according to the District Attorney’s Environmental Protection Unit.

The hazardous waste disposal violations had been occurring when the company sent the waste to the Marina landfill, which is not licensed to handle such material, from 2008 to early 2013.

California American Water says new waste protocols are in effect, and waste is being transported to a disposal site in Nevada.

The company has also hired new state and local environmental compliance staff, and implemented statewide procedures for managing treatment plant waste.