Follansbee to Pay Fine for Wastewater Pollution



The city of Follansbee has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty to resolve wastewater pollution violations.

The penalty is part of a recent consent order issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The consent order also requires the city to submit a plan for corrective action. The plan must include an analysis defining the root cause of the wastewater collection system’s problems.

According to the order, a DEP review found six major violations, nine moderate violations and 21 minor violations from July 2011 through August of this year. The violations included exceeding pollution discharge limits and discharging untreated sewage.