Jan 31, 2011

EPA Settles Clean Water Act Case with Harrah's Casino

Company cited for unpermitted discharges to Delaware River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it settled a Clean Water Act case with Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack for unpermitted discharges to the Delaware River. Under the settlement, Harrah’s agreed to pay a $39,000 penalty and to take measures, costing an estimated $24,000, to reduce water pollution from the facility.

EPA inspected the horse racing facility in Chester, Pa., on Apr. 27, 2009. EPA alleges that its inspectors observed evidence of horse manure and other pollution in close proximity to several inlets of a storm water collection system that discharges to the Delaware River.

On July 28, 2009, EPA ordered Harrah’s to obtain a permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP), which the facility failed to do in a timely manner. In July 2010, the company applied to PaDEP for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System discharge permit. PaDEPcurrently is reviewing the application.

As part of the settlement, Harrah’s has neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations.