EPA “has entered into a Combined Complaint and Consent Agreement (CCCA) and an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) with Polidori Corporation, Inc., Poli-Gold, LLC, and Veronica Polidori in response to alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at Panguitch Lake in Garfield County, Utah. EPA alleges that Polidori discharged dredged or fill material to the lake and adjacent wetlands, in violation of the Clean Water Act, during the construction of a marina and RV park.”
“Between 2004 and 2005, the defendants illegally discharged fill material into waters of the United States by encasing or “piping” portions of four tributaries of Stekoa Creek that run across the Duvall Development Company’s property in Clayton, Ga. Piping streams can destroy valuable aquatic habitats and threaten water quality. The defendants conducted the work without having obtained a required CWA Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”
“The United States sued the Johnsons in 1999 for grading, filling and altering wetlands at the two sites between 1979 and 1999, without the required Clean Water Act permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers. The two sites where the illegal filling took place are in the headwaters of the Weweantic River, which flows from Carver to Buzzards Bay. The Weweantic River estuary is included on Massachusetts’ list of impaired waters.”
“The Hiteman Leather Company operated as a tannery on the 12-acre site from 1820 to 1968. By 1964, approximately 180,000 gallons of treated industrial wastewater was being dumped each day from the tannery into three unlined lagoons. The lagoons discharged into the Unadilla River and a nearby wetland. The company was closed in 1968 because it could not meet requirements for the proper management of wastewater. The EPA added the Hiteman Leather site to the Superfund list in 1999 after finding high levels of chromium in the soil on the site and in sediments in the adjacent wetland and river.”
“Triad Mining Inc., the owner and operator of 31 surface mines in Appalachia and Indiana, has agreed to pay a penalty and to restore affected waterways for failing to obtain the required Clean Water Act (CWA) permit for stream impacts caused by its surface mining operation in Indiana, announced the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 2002, Triad’s mining operation has resulted in the unpermitted excavation and filling of more than 53,000 feet of streams that flow into the White River.”
“Over the past fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011), [EPA] Region 4 has cited 16 entities throughout the Southeast for depositing dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States in violation of [CWA] Section 404 …. Such unauthorized discharges threaten water quality and damage habitats. As part of the settlements, the responsible parties in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina will spend an estimated $672,000 on restoration and monitoring activities. Four entities in Florida and Georgia were additionally assessed a total of $320,500 in civil penalties.”
“The Puerto Rico Land Authority will preserve 1,000 acres of wetlands as part of an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Wetlands help prevent flooding and the pollution of rivers, lakes and streams. The wetlands preserved under the settlement, the majority of which are in Loiza just east of San Juan, will now be protected from future commercial and industrial development. The land will be protected through a conservation easement filed under Puerto Rico law to ensure that it will remain undeveloped forever.”
David Hogan, owner of Misty Meadow Dairy in Tillamook, Oregon, has agreed to restore and preserve over 20 acres of historic Sitka Spruce wetlands near Hoquarten Slough, to resolve a federal Clean Water Act violation.
EPA has ordered the restoration of more than 17 acres of freshwater wetlands in Whately, Mass. The forested and scrub wetlands were altered in the course of preparing land for new farm fields.
A Vermont ski resort has agreed to pay $80,000 for wetlands violations to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the federal Clean Water Act when it filled in just over two acres of wetlands and streams and failed to obtain proper permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- EPA’s Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin (April 2012) (March 2012) (January/February 2012)
- Cases and Settlements (from EPA’s Enforcement site)
- EPA water-related news releases
- EPA Region 2 wetlands page (and overview of regulating agencies in Region 2)
- EPA Newsroom results for query “wetlands” (as accessed May 17, 2012)
Other EPA releases (in addition to those linked above)
- Celebration of EPA’s Wetlands Month to Include Students, Watershed Association (5/3/2012)
- Niobrara, Neb., High School Students Receive EPA Region 7’s 2011 President’s Environmental Youth Award (4/17/2012)
- EPA Celebrates 20th Year as Exhibitor in the Philadelphia Flower Show with Best of Show Award in the Non-Academic Education Category (3/8/2012)