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DEP cites Bowmanstown business

Published July 12. 2018 12:58PM

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is looking for answers from Bowmanstown’s Plastics World Recycling.

The EPA issued the company a notice of violation stemming from a May 28 visit where employees were witnessed “emptying the contents of plastic barrels onto the ground at the subject site in Bowmanstown Borough, Carbon County” by an unidentified person.

The notice details how department personnel visited the site and saw the contents of the barrels “staining the ground, discharging into a storm drain and ultimately discharging to Fireline Creek and the Lehigh River.”

During an investigation, department officials confirmed that the discharge was composed of various floor care products, including corrosive materials.

A Material Safety Data Sheet specifically stated that the unspecified chemicals should not be spilled on the ground or into storm sewers or other bodies of water.

The EPA notice requests a response from Plastics World Recycling, including a cause for the violations and a plan to eliminate such violations in the future.

Plastics World Recycling was contacted, but did not respond to a request for comment in regard to the notice of violation.

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