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EPA Reaches $14,500 Agreement with Neeser Construction to Settle Alleged Storm Water Permitting Violations in Fairbanks, Alaska
Release Date: 7/25/2005
Contact Information: Robert Grandinetti
July 25, 2005
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a $14,500 agreement with Neeser Construction, of Fairbanks, Alaska, to settle alleged violations of federal storm water pollution prevention laws. The alleged violations occurred at a construction site for the Fairbanks’ Fire Station Headquarters.
According to Kim Ogle, EPA’s water permits compliance manager, meeting storm water permit requirements is crucial to protecting Alaska’s water quality.
"Through the permit system, we’re trying to prevent polluted construction site runoff from entering Alaska’s pristine lakes, rivers and streams," said Ogle. "The permit program and application process helps construction companies understand the gravity of the problem and how they can prevent runoff from their site. Once you have a permit, you have to comply with it or risk real penalties."
EPA determined that the company's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan did not meet all of the requirements of the Construction Storm Water General Permit. In addition, the company failed to implement appropriate best management practices at the Site.
After examining the nature, circumstances, extent, and gravity of the alleged violations as well as Neeser’s economic benefit of noncompliance, ability to pay, and other relevant factors, determined that $14,500 was an appropriate penalty to settle this action. Neeser Construction agreed and the matter was resolved.
- NPDES Stormwater Program (cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=6)
Does Your Construction Site Need a Stormwater Permit? A Construction Site Operator’s Guide to EPA’s Stormwater Permit Program (4pp .pdf)
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