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Pepsi Bottling Group

Howell City, MI: (Jul-10-07) The Howell City Council signed off on an agreement with the Michigan State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) over a dispute on wastewater discharged from the Pepsi Bottling Group plant on Isbell Street in Howell. The suit stems from a 1999 dispute, when discharge from the bottling plant resulted in a fish die-off in local waterways. The plant was found to have exceeded the volume limits on its wastewater permit. It caused an overflow into the Marion-Genoa drain from the city's water treatment plant, causing Pepsi and the city to enter into talks with the city on possible remedies. In 2006, Pepsi and the city agreed to a settlement involving a $10,000 payment from the company.

The DEQ, however, pressed charges against the city and began enforcement action against the city. Pepsi also build a pretreatment facility into its plant at a cost of between $2 million and $3 million. In a settlement reached, Pepsi must be in compliance with the city's limits on certain elements in its water discharge by July 2007. It also places a $210,000 fine, which will be paid by Pepsi under the 2006 deal. [PRESS & ARGUS: PEPSI WASTEWATER]

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Published on Jul-12-07


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