DEP REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH
KEARFOTT FOR WASTEWATER MONITORING VIOLATIONS AT TWO FACILITIES
TRENTON - New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner
Bradley M. Campbell today announced that Kearfott Guidance and Navigation Corporation,
a subsidiary of Astronautics Corporation of America, was fined $303,009 for failure
to monitor wastewater discharges at two facilities located in West Paterson Borough,
Passaic County. The facilities discharge into the Passaic and Peckman rivers.
adherence to wastewater monitoring regulations, our ability to ensure the quality
of New Jersey's water supplies is severely hindered," said Commission Campbell.
"The department is strictly enforcing essential laws to protect the state's
water quality and we will not hesitate to execute penalties where violations exist."
its DEP-issued New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits (NJPDES),
Kearfott is required to sample and monitor its wastewater for temperature, pH,
total suspended solids, chemical oxygen demand and petroleum hydrocarbons to ensure
that its facilities meet permissible discharge limits. Kearfott's discharges are
primarily comprised of cooling water from its plant operations and stormwater.
April 8, 1999, the DEP issued two Administrative Order and Penalty Assessments
to Kearfott for failure to monitor its wastewater, which occurred between September
1991 and February 1993, at separate facilities situated on McBride Avenue, West
Paterson Borough. The assessed fines totaled $197,743 and $167,321. On June 17,
2002, DEP and Kearfott reached a penalty settlement for $303,009.
to properly monitor wastewater discharge undermines the integrity of the department's
NJPDES permit program, which is based in large part on self-monitoring and reporting
by permittees. NJPDES permits, which limit the mass and/or concentration of pollutants
discharged, are issued to restrict the release of pollutants to New Jersey's waterways
and to protect public health and the environment.
not confirm that Kearfott was in compliance during the periods when their failure
to monitor occurred.