TDEC sues Brownsville company for stream pollution

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state is suing a Brownsville factory for repeated chemical discharges into a local stream.

A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation complaint filed last month against Teknor Apex Tennessee Co. documents significant violations dating back to 2008.

They involve discharges of DEHP, a probable human carcinogen that also harms aquatic life.

The discharges went into a tributary to Little Nixon Creek, which flows into the South Fork Forked Deer River.

The Commercial Appeal reports the company's pollution problems date back to at least 2004, when TDEC issued a notice of violation. Three inspections between 2005 and 2008 resulted in "unsatisfactory" permit compliance ratings. In March 2011, the state issued another notice of violation.

Teknor Apex general manager Rob Lincer said the company is rectifying the problems.

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