Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | July 18, 2008

U.S. EPA fines three contractors for storm water permit violations.

Operators at three construction sites in Idaho were fined a total of $21,800 to settle Clean Water Act cases filed by U.S. EPA.  The enforcement cases arose from inspections conducted at the start of the construction season this spring.   EPA inspectors checked construction sites for compliance with the nationwide Construction General Permit, which is part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program. 

Inspectors observed violations at all of the sites visited. Those violations included failure to apply for coverage under the storm water permit, failure to conduct required self-inspections, and failure to install and maintain erosion and sediment controls.  The violations were settled using the EPA’s Construction Storm Water Expedited Settlement Offer Policy, a streamlined enforcement process with lower fines for operators who are first-time violators and where no significant environmental harm was yet observed.  Individual penalties ranged from $2,450 to $14,950:


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