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City of Charlottesville Addressing Stormwater Management and EPA Fine

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently imposed a $26,000 fine on the City for violations of stormwater mitigation codes, it is not all bad news. Several of the violations were known to the City and the City had been in the process of correcting/improving situations. Additionally, the City has demonstrated a commitment to work towards compliance which also helped to reduce what was originally proposed to be a $50,000 fine. Counselor Dave Norris said. “We could have chosen a much more adversarial route [towards EPA] but this is a city that values stormwater management, so instead of fighting and bickering, we went to work.” Additional media covereage of the City's acceptance of the fine can be found by selecting the links below: http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/charlottesville-fined-for-stormwater-mitigation-violations/article_d086671a-e2b0-11e2-9bd1-001a4bcf6878.html http://www.nbc29.com/story/22746259/charlottesville-fined-26k-by-environmental-protection-agency...

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Homebuilder Receives Fine; Subjected to Enhanced Stormwater Management Requirements

One of the nation's largest homebuilders, The Ryland Group, Inc., has received a civil penalty of $625,000 to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at its construction sites, including sites located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Ryland will also invest in compliance programs to improve employee training and increase management oversight at all current and future construction sites. The company is required to inspect its current and future construction sites routinely to minimize stormwater runoff from sites. In addition to other terms of the agreement, Ryland is subject to additional site inspections beyond those required by stormwater regulations; and to document and promptly correct any problems detected. Read the full details of the decision on EPA's official release of the news:  http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/8584b10a1916c7b98525792200759661?OpenDocument...

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