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US EPA Fines Construction Firm for Stormwater Pollution

It’s somewhat refreshing to see developments in the states under the gun for stormwater control, the US EPA has a lot of power, and isn’t scared to use it…

Texas Builder Fined for Sediment at Colorado Air Force Base

Hunt Building Company of El Paso, Texas has paid $39,000 after EPA and City of Aurora inspections revealed that numerous best management practices were not in place or were not being maintained at the housing project. EPA inspections of the Hunt construction project during 2006 and 2007 revealed sediment loading into detention ponds that discharge into area waterways. Sediment was also observed on Buckley Road/Airport Boulevard.

Apparently a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan was written up, but did not contain any relevant information regarding the area of soil disturbance, best management practices and regular updating of construction sequences.
It goes to show that having a good plan, and sticking to it will pay off. But ignoring regulations can put you in the spotlight, even if your project is for a government department.

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Stormwater Best Management Practices are not particularly difficult to install or maintain, and many of them are downright simple to design. The issue remains that people are ignorant of the regulations and the principles that rest behind them of clean water and sustainable development.

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.