Feds Accuse Peninsula Metal Recycler Of Dumping Toxics Into Bay

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Ships load scrap metal at Sims Metal Management at the Port of Redwood City. (US Environmental Protection Agency)

Ships load scrap metal at Sims Metal Management at the Port of Redwood City. (US Environmental Protection Agency)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a company that shreds and recycles scrap metal to stop discharging a rash of toxic pollutants into the San Francisco Bay.

The EPA said Sims Metal Management’s facility in Redwood City violated federal clean water laws by releasing automobile shredded residue into a creek that flows directly into the bay.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

An EPA enforcement order issued late last month listed six ways the company violated the Clean Water Act, including discharging contaminants into waters where ships typically pick up shredded cars and other recycled metals to haul across the ocean.

The EPA has given the company until Monday to submit a plan outlining how they will stop the discharges, and says the recycler could face penalties.

Sims Metal Management spokesman Daniel Strechay said the company is fully cooperating with authorities.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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