Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority Settlement
WASHINGTON - The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority
(PRASA) entered into an agreement to plead guilty to an
indictment charging 15 felony counts of violating the federal
Clean Water Act (CWA) through the illegal discharge of pollutants
from nine sanitary wastewater treatment plants and five
drinking water treatment plants, the Justice Department
and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
Under the plea agreement, PRASA will pay a criminal fine
of $9 million-the largest fine ever paid by a utility for
violating the CWA. In addition, a comprehensive civil settlement
was reached between PRASA and the United States of America
resolving repeated environmental violations at 61 wastewater
treatment plants throughout the Commonwealth.
In the civil settlement, PRASA will spend an estimated $1.7 billion implementing capital improvement projects (CIPs) and other remedial measures at all of its 61 wastewater treatment plants and related collection systems over the next 15 years. To comply with the settlement, PRASA will complete 145 short-, mid-, and long-term CIPs, which will include installing dechlorination equipment, installing flow proportional chlorination equipment, repairing and replacing equipment, and implementing a chemical treatment program for phosphorous removal, among other things.
- Press Release (6/22/06)
For more information, contact:
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Civil Enforcement
Water Enforcement Division
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460