Details of Regulatory Actions
Reportable releases in the past 12 months
November 2018 – Carrollton, GA – A solenoid valve malfunctioned and started sending process water to an outside collection tank. The tank and the secondary containment system eventually overflowed, releasing an estimated 50 gallons to Buffalo Creek. Upon discovery of the overflow, the system was shut down and the release was terminated. The National Response Center and Georgia Environmental Protection Division were notified. There were no observed impacts to the creek, and no further action is expected. Facility personnel are evaluating options to prevent the potential recurrence of this event.
April 2018 – Mineral Wells, TX – While our supplier was delivering a load of calcium carbonate, the storage silo was overfilled and approximately 500 pounds of material blew out of the silo and onto the ground. A combination of plant personnel and outside cleanup services cleaned up the release. Plant personnel are researching alternatives to prevent future incidents. Although the release did not trigger any regulatory reporting requirements, the City of Mineral Wells issued a notice of violation with no monetary penalty.
Letters of Noncompliance (LON), Notices of Violation (NOV), etc. in the past 12 months
January 2019 – the Douglas Plant was issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) following a facility inspection on December 5, 2018. The NOV was issued for various deficiencies related to waste storage, labeling and container management. The Douglas Plant has implemented corrective measures to address these issues and has provided a written response to EPD as required. No monetary fine is expected.
September 2018 – Carrollton, GA - Southwire received a Notice of Violation (NOV) from the City of Carrollton for failure to make timely submission of a required monthly sewer effluent certification letter for August 2018. There is no monetary fine associated with this violation, and there was no failure to meet any parameter set forth in our permit. To address the possibility of this occurring again, a monthly activity calendar reminder has been established making clear the approaching deadline for this obligation. In addition, there will now be two individuals overseeing this requirement.
April 16, 2018 – The El Paso Plant received a Notice of Violation (NOV) from the El Paso Water Authority for total dissolved solids (TDS) concentrations in excess of the facility’s sewer discharge limit. The NOV contained a monetary penalty of $100. Plant personnel determined that a faulty valve was causing an increase in salt used in the facility’s water softener system, which resulted in an increase in TDS. The facility has corrected this issue.
March 2018 – Southwire El Paso plant received a Notice of Violation (NOV) from the El Paso Water Authority for copper discharges in the sanitary sewer in excess of their permit limit. The NOV contained a monetary penalty of $100. The plant has been investigating the possible causes of the exceedances and will implement corrections to prevent any future non-compliances.