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NW Fishletter #369, May 1, 2017

[9] Clean Water Act Settlement Reached in Columbia River Pollution Case

A settlement between Columbia Riverkeeper and a manufacturer of seamless metal tubes for the nuclear and aerospace industries over Columbia River pollution was announced April 17.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington entered the agreement settling a Clean Water Act case that began in 2015 when Sandvik Special Metals acknowledged it had discharged more ammonia and fluoride into the Columbia River than its wastewater permit allowed.

In the consent decree, the company is required to update its water-pollution control technology and fund several water-quality improvement projects in the Columbia River and eastern Washington tributaries.

The company will pay $650,000 to Futurewise, Friends of Toppenish Creek and the Center for Environmental Law and Policy. The three nonprofit groups are all based in Washington.

"Sandvik is pleased that Washington state recently approved the company's proposed upgrades to address self-reported permit exceedances," said company President Orjan Blom in an April 17 statement, "and is happy that this settlement with Columbia Riverkeeper will provide funds for organizations working to improve water quality in the Columbia River."

The arrangement closes the case Columbia Riverkeeper v. Sandvik Special Metals LLC [15-05118]. -L. B.

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