Huntington Beach Company Settles Stormwater Runoff Dispute With EPA

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HUNTINGTON BEACH (CNS) – A Huntington Beach-based company finalized a settlement today with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, agreeing to pay a $95,208 penalty for stormwater runoff violations.
  
Airtech International Inc., which makes materials used in the aerospace, automotive, marine and wind energy industries, paid the penalty to settle the dispute with the EPA over unauthorized industrial stormwater runoff between December 2014 and January of last year, the EPA reported.

The company will lead five beach clean-up events and a $66,000 habitat restoration project as part of the settlement, according to the federal agency.

A message sent to the company for comment was not immediately returned.
  
Airtech did not acquire a stormwater discharge permit from the California State Water Resources Control Board, the EPA reported. The company also failed to routinely sweep paved surfaces and cover spaces where potential sources of pollution are stored to cut down on stormwater runoff, which leads into the Bolsa Chica Channel and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, according to the EPA.