Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Compliance and Enforcement News Release (Region 6): EPA Orders MMHF, LLC to Stop Discharging Toxic Pollutants

EPA Orders MMHF, LLC to Stop Discharging Toxic Pollutants


(Dallas, Texas – April 27, 2010)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist administrative order to MMHF, LLC of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.


A February 22, 2010, EPA inspection of the company’s open pit coal mine reclamation operations in LeFlore County, Oklahoma, found an unauthorized discharge of pollutants into a tributary of Doe Creek.  Samples of the waste stream were taken during the inspection and were found to be toxic and in violation of Oklahoma water quality standards. 


Based on these findings, MMHF, LLC has been ordered to immediately eliminate the unauthorized discharge of toxic waste, and within 30 days document and describe the corrective actions taken to eliminate the unauthorized discharge and provide a plan explaining how future waste streams will be managed.


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