Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, EPA make deal on copper in wastewater

by Tim Flanagan on May 30, 2009

Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun:

BREMERTON — Puget Sound Naval Shipyard officials believe their days of dumping too much copper into Sinclair Inlet are over.

The shipyard, information pills which exceeded its copper limit 75 times between May 2003 and July 2008, reached an agreement recently with the federal Environmental Protection Agency that requires it to reduce the amount of copper in its wastewater and comply with its federal Clean Water Act permit.

The copper comes from sandblasting and painting ships in dry dock.

Spokeswoman Mary Anne Mascianica said that while 75 violations might seem like a lot, it represents just 5 percent of the samples taken. But “any exceedance is unacceptable,” she said.

Chase Park, an EPA enforcement officer, said shipyard and EPA officials were generally aware of the violations because of monthly monitoring reports issued by the shipyard. The EPA didn’t have enough staff to directly address the problem until recently, he said. Once the EPA turned its attention to the matter, shipyard officials worked hard to bring the discharges into compliance.

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