The Idaho Department of Transportation (IDOT) must pay $325,000 in stipulated penalties for numerous violations of a Clean Water Act (CWA) Consent Decree. A 2006 Consent Decree between IDOT and EPA resolved CWA violations by IDOT and its contractor from 2001 to 2003, committed during work on Highway 95 in northern Idaho. In that action, EPA fined IDOT and its contractor $895,000 for storm water violations, illegal discharges to a local watershed and other violations of EPA’s national Construction General Permit. Apparently, some folks just do not get it.
The 2006 Consent Decree required IDOT to submit an annual report to EPA detailing its compliance with the settlement. In its first annual report submitted in 2007, ITD disclosed a large number of violations from 2006. On July 5, U.S. EPA announced it will collect $325,000 in stipulated civil penalties from IDOT.