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EPA Cites Chesdin Limited for Clean Water Act Violations at Dinwiddie County, Va. Construction Site
Release Date: 10/12/2005
Contact Information: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567
Contact: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited Chesdin Limited Inc. for violating the Clean Water Act during construction of the Waterford Landing housing development along Chesdin Lake, in Dinwiddie County, Va. EPA seeks a $135,000 penalty for Chesdin’s alleged violation of requirements designed to reduce polluted storm water runoff from construction sites.
In March 2002, Chesdin Limited of Courtland, Va. commenced construction activities on an 82-acre site without a required Clean Water Act permit from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Sediment-laden storm water runoff from this construction site flows into Lake Chesdin, which is a segment of the Appomattox River. Chesdin obtained a Clean Water Act permit in March 2005. However, Chesdin had not gotten Dinwiddie County’s approval of the site’s erosion and sediment control plan, as required by the permit. EPA ordered Chesdin to get county approval, and thereafter comply with the approved plan.
Improperly managed storm water runoff from construction sites often contains sediment, turbidity, oxygen-demanding compounds and other pollutants. Under the Clean Water Act, operators of construction activities are required to get permit for the discharge of storm water runoff into waterways. These permits include erosion and sediment management controls and precautionary best management practices such as spill prevention safeguards, material storage, and employee training.
For more information about EPA’s program for controlling storm water runoff at construction sites, visit https://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/const.cfm .