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Massachusetts transportation department fined over stormwater runoff

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 16, 2017

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BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — A construction company and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) will pay $21,600 over allegations that they violated a construction permit and caused excessive stormwater discharges into local rivers. 

The federal Environmental Protection Agency alleged that the DOT and J.F. White Contracting Co. failed to stabilize disturbed portions of a median and shoulder of the roads south of the Deerfield River from January to March 2016. Additionally, the parties failed in their obligation to properly protect all storm drain inlets on their bridge construction project, the EPA reported March 13.

The Clean Water Act mandates that parties involved in construction sites disturbing an acre or more that need to discharge stormwater must first receive a permit. The permits, in turn, help protect the environment from construction projects. The EPA said its oversight on construction projects helps limit pollution to nearby lakes, rivers and other water bodies.

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