EPA fines Calpine over arsenic
Calpine, Inc., has been fined $13,500 by the federal Environmental Protection Agency over improper management of arsenic in operations at the Sutter Energy Center west of Yuba City.
Based on a July 2009 inspection by EPA officials, the agency determined plant workers failed to minimize releases of hazardous waste to the environment. The plant uses local groundwater, which includes arsenic, in its operations, but in this case the management of it may have exposed workers to hazardous waste.
According to a press release from the EPA, Calpine has since instituted additional measures to prevent a reoccurrence of the problem.