EXCLUSIVE: ADEM investigating Birmingham industrial company

KMAC Services. (Scott Packard/CBS42 News)
KMAC Services. (Scott Packard/CBS42 News)

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – The Alabama Department of Environmental Management tells CBS42 they are investigating a Birmingham industrial company for non-compliance issues.

ADEM says KMAC Services did not file an application in time to renew their General Permit coverage. The permit is required to discharge storm water into Village Creek. Any discharge since September 30th, 2012 violates state regulations. That water discharge eventually makes its way into the drinking water supply for Birmingham and several surrounding areas. Unregulated, such discharges could pollute waterways.

“It is a non-compliance issue that we are aware of and we will certainly investigate. If enforcement actions are warranted, we certainly have the ability to take care of that,” ADEM Spokesperson Scott Hughes said.

Why did it take from September until now for the state agency to look into the matter? ADEM says their action started in January with a letter asking KMAC for more information on their late application, filed in September. Applications, we’re told, take time to process.

“I do not think the ball was dropped here at ADEM. We processed the original application that came in, issued the January letter and recently, in the first part of April, received an updated application,” Hughes continued.

Enforcement actions could include civil penalties and could affect future permit applications.

KMAC declined comment for this story but ADEM says the North Birmingham recycling company has not been cited for a violation since at least 2007.

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