The city of West Palm Beach, Fla., was hit with 117 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency citations for pollution violations, regulatory data shows.
The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post said Thursday in addition to citing West Palm Beach, the federal agency earned a state administrative court order in July regarding deficiencies at the city’s sewage treatment plant.
EPA officials said the treatment plant dumped millions of gallons of wastewater into area wetlands without properly treating the sewage. The treated wastewater was dumped in wetlands near wells housing supplemental drinking water supplies for West Palm Beach.
The July court ruling regarding the pollution citations resulted in the city being fined $144,798 for the violations.
The Post said the treated wastewater failed tests regarding the presence of pollutants like nitrogen that can potentially be detrimental to wetlands ecology.
Officials maintain the wastewater dumped at the East Central Regional Water Reclamation Facility posed no risk to city residents because the treated sewage did not enter the West Palm Beach drinking water system.