- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Environment Department is ramping up enforcement of required certification for septic pumping companies in San Juan County.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports (https://bit.ly/1Hr38Yo) that the department plans to fine non-compliant companies $100 per violation or face court action.

Department documents show only three of 22 septic pumping businesses in the county are properly certified.

State environmental regulators say the companies have until June 15 to get certified before receiving violation notices.

The department is renewing its efforts following a study released in February that found evidence of human feces in the San Juan and Animas rivers.

However, the department has no employees solely assigned to enforce the regulations.

Officials are hopeful to contract a company to track violations for an online database.

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Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com

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