PUL Alliance pays $15,000 of EPA fines

PONTOTOC – The PUL Alliance has paid $15,000 of a $70,000 fine that initially was levied against the organization by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
The rest falls to the two companies involved in the actions that led to the fines.
On June 17, the EPA fined the Pontotoc Union Lee Alliance and two construction companies $70,000 for storm water-related violations of the Clean Water Act near the Toyota plant in Blue Springs. The fines were issued after EPA visits last year.
The two violations came as a result of unprecedented rain in the area, said Randy Kelley, executive director of Three Rivers Planning and Development, which oversees the alliance.
PUL and Eutaw Construction Co. were fined $40,000 for violations at the Blue Springs rail spur construction site.
Kelley said Eutaw did not meet the storm water requirements as determined by the EPA’s Atlanta office, but because the PUL Alliance held the permit from the Department of Environmental Quality, both parties were fined.
Kelley said that under PUL’s contract with Eutaw, the company was liable for the violations and agreed to pay the entire fine.
The second fine was related to the North Loop Interchange at the Blue Springs intersection. PUL and L&T Construction were fined $30,000 because there was not enough drainage to handle storm water from the project, which contained acreage PUL was unaware of.
The company and PUL agreed to split the fine, Kelley said.

Regina Butler/Pontotoc Progress