According to the Region 7 office of the EPA, Loveland Products exceeded its industrial storm water permit discharge limits for cadmium, copper, lead, nickel and zinc into Brawner Creek. An EPA inspection in September of 2014 discovered the violations under the Clean Water Act.
The EPA says Loveland also failed to analyze the pH levels of its discharges within the required timeframe, and update its Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
Loveland has agreed to pay the fine and work toward becoming a zero-discharge facility. Loveland is a seed treatment, plant nutrition, and fertilizer company.