Yuengling to Pay $10M to Settle Clean Water Act Violations

D. G. Yuengling and Son, the nation’s oldest brewing company, has agreed to pay almost $10 million to settle Clean Water Act violations involving its two breweries near its Pottsville, Pa., headquarters.

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that in a consent decree filed Thursday in federal court in Harrisburg, the company has agreed to spend about $7 million to improve environmental measures at its brewery operations after it allegedly discharged pollutants into the Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority municipal wastewater treatment plant. Yuengling will also pay a $2.8 million penalty to the EPA.

In addition, the consent decree includes a requirement to implement an environmental management system (EMS) focused on achieving Clean Water Act compliance at the facilities. Yuengling must also hire a third-party consultant to develop the EMS and an independent auditor to ensure proper implementation.

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