PITTSBURGH A Georgia auto
recycler and scrap metal facility, M&R Used Auto Parts
Inc., is fighting a lawsuit filed by an environmental
group that claims it is polluting local waterways.
Atlanta-based Clean Earth Now
Inc. alleges that stormwater runoff from the Mableton,
Ga.-based facility is being discharged into the Chattahoochee
River and associated waterways in violation of the federal
Clean Water Act.
The owner of M&R Used Auto
Parts told AMM that the business is in compliance and
denied all the charges.
The environmental groups
lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Georgia alleges that
because the majority of the companys recycling takes
place outside, stormwater escapes the yard and makes its way
into local waterways.
M&R Used Auto Parts said in
a filed response that the only factual part of Clean Earth
Nows assertion is that it does rain sometimes on the
The group is seeking fines of
$32,500 per violation per day on or before Jan. 12, 2009, and
$37,500 per violation per day for each incident after that