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Lawsuit: Downtown plant still polluting Cumberland River

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Metro water records show just five months after a Channel 4 I-Team Investigation exposed a metals recycling facility polluting the Cumberland River, the very same plant was fined with another pollution violation.

The Tennessee Environmental Council and Rediscover East! claim that pollution from PSC Metals continues nearly two years later, and both nonprofits filed a federal lawsuit against PSC Metals last week.

A review of Metro violations of the plant shows a notice of violation on Oct. 28, 2011 for illicit discharge, which came just five months after the Channel 4 I-Team exposed years of pollution violations at the site.

"We believe it's been ongoing for a number of years. There's been no correction of the problems," said John McFadden, with the Tennessee Environmental Council.

The Tennessee Environmental Council stated in its federal lawsuit that a storm water expert took samples from drains at PSC in September 2012 and found more pollution.

The Channel 4 I-Team investigation in 2011 revealed that Metro and state investigators found contaminants in stormwater from PSC in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011.

In several cases, stormwater from the plant leaked into the Cumberland River, which is a source of Nashville drinking water.

"We felt like that [the lawsuit] was really our last option to try and get it addressed," McFadden said.

Repeated calls from the Channel 4 I-Team to PSC were not returned by our deadline, but a spokesman for the company told us in 2011 that they work to fix problems immediately when they occur.

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