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Soap maker pays $50,000 fine for violating wastewater permit

OLIVE BRANCH — An Olive Branch soap maker is paying a $50,000 civil fine for failing to renew its wastewater permit on time and for increasing wastewater discharges.

Marietta American agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The plant is a unit of hotel toiletries maker Marietta Corp. of Cortland, New York.

A Dec. 9 order published by the department says that Marietta American broke permit terms by failing to apply for a permit renewal six months in advance, as required. The department also says Marietta American increased its wastewater discharges by more than 20 percent without notifying the state permit board, as the permit required.

Jeffrey Hicks, the plant manager, signed the order on Dec. 2, agreeing to waive hearing rights and pay the fine.

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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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