US: Environmentalists attack Tropicana deal

By | 1 July 2003

A US environment group has attacked a deal between the juice maker Tropicana and the federal pollution authorities.

Manasota 88, an environmental group with about 1,000 members, is concerned that the agreement - which sees Tropicana Products pay a prearranged fine each time it breaks clean water standards - allows the company to continue polluting.

Manasota 88 wants the consent order between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Tropicana, which was signed in March 2002, overturned.

The agreement called for Tropicana to meet state and federal water pollution standards by Monday or pay a US$10,000 fine whenever its discharges into the Manatee River breach certain limits.

But the Miami Herald reported today that Glenn Compton, chairman of Manasota 88 said: ''To Tropicana it's nothing more than the price of doing business. It allows them to continue polluting.''

The DEP, though, says the company, which now stores wastewater underground, has nearly stopped discharging polluted water into the river.

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