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.
Letters of Noncompliance (LON), Notices of Violation (NOV), etc. in the past 12 months
August 2019 – Starkville, MS - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued an Notice of Violation to the Starkville Plant for failure to test their diesel engine and generator set within the required 3-year timeframe. Southwire had planned to test the engine, but an engine malfunction and associated plant power failure on the day of the test prevented the test within the required timeframe. Southwire notified MDEQ of the issue when it occurred and tested the engine after as soon as it was repaired. Southwire provided MDEQ an explanation for the failure to test and requested that the NOV be rescinded. MDEQ did not rescind the NOV; however, they issued a No Further Action determination.
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.