Terry Flott, a member of the United Citizens Action Network, or U-CAN, said Higginbotham's remarks reminded her of former Commissioner Brian Blair's efforts in 2007 to eliminate the EPC's wetlands division. A majority of commissioners voted with Blair to dissolve the wetlands regulators, but reversed course when angry EPC supporters filled the commission chambers.
EPC monitors wastewater permits for the reverse osmosis effluent and for recycled water at the manufacturing plant, and an air permit for the boiler at the polystyrene plant.
Some of the company's violations were unpreventable, Davis said. These include periods when heavy rains overflowed tanks holding dirty process water. That's different, he maintained, than industries that discharge toxic metals and chemicals into surface waters.