Driver accepts fine for sewage discharge at Nebraska truck stop | Nebraska

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OMAHA — Pilot Travel Centers has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $121,469 to resolve alleged violations of federal clean water law at its truck stops, including the one near Gretna.

According to the EPA, Pilot “for years” violated the terms of its water discharge permit for 17 facilities in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

The truck stop in Gretna and the one in Warrenton, Mo., were the sites of the “most severe pattern of violations,” according to an EPA statement released Wednesday afternoon.

According to the EPA, the water discharged from both sites contained high levels of E. coli, ammonia and other pollutants.

A Pilot representative was not immediately available for comment. However, the EPA said the company has taken steps at all 17 facilities to return to compliance.

The settlement is part of a nationwide effort by the EPA to address Pilot’s alleged violation of the Clean Water Act. The Tennessee-based company describes itself as the largest truck stop operator in North America.

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