A national homebuilder has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $925,000 and implement a companywide stormwater program under a proposed settlement with EPA. United States v. Beazer Homes USA Inc., No. 10-01133 (M.D. Tenn. lodged 12/2/10). The alleged violations occurred at 50 construction sites in 21 states from 2003 to 2005. A civil complaint, filed simultaneously with the settlement agreement, alleges a pattern of violations discovered through site inspections, including failure to obtain timely coverage under permits and failure to comply with permit requirements for the discharge of stormwater from construction sites. According to the complaint, defendants failed to submit information required to apply for or obtain coverage under applicable permits at 32 sites and failed to obtain coverage “either timely or untimely” for at least 56 sites. The settlement is subject to a 30-day comment period and court approval.
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Homebuilder to pay $925,000 to settle stormwater violations in 21 states
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