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EPA Reaches Settlement with North Idaho Developer for Storm Water Violations

Release Date: 07/12/2006
Contact Information: Contact: Margo Young, (206) 553-1603, Jeff Philip, (206) 553-1465,

(Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – July 12 , 2006) As part of an ongoing campaign to protect Idaho’s water quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached settlement with CAV OK, LLC. The company was cited following an inspection at its construction site for violations of federal storm water management regulations.

According to Kim Ogle, Manager of EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Compliance Unit, routine storm water inspections and taking enforcement actions as needed are critical to protect Idaho’s water quality.

“Storm water runoff has a significant impact on water quality,” said Ogle. “Developers and construction companies need to obtain and comply with federal storm water discharge permits or face penalties. We take protecting Idaho’s water quality very seriously.”

The company has agreed to pay a $9,500 penalty for violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) at its construction site in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Violations include failure to apply for coverage under the NPDES General Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Construction Activities (Permit) before the start of construction, deficiencies in the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), failure to conduct routine self-inspections, and inadequate installation of best management practices (BMPs) to control storm water runoff.

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