Thursday, June 21, 2012
Russell Stover Candies has agreed to pay $585,000 to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act at its facility in the east-central Kansas town of Iola.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced the civil penalty in a news release Thursday.
The EPA conducted an audit in June 2008 and found that the Kansas City, Mo.-based candy maker was discharging acidic wastewater to a government-owned sewage treatment plant.
The EPA issued a compliance order the following summer calling for Russell Stover to stop the discharges.
EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks says Russell Stover had been discharging acidic wastewater for years, causing deterioration of sewer lines and manholes in Iola.
The consent decree requires court approval. The company didn't immediately comment.