Contractor settles stormwater violations at Delaware Wal-Mart site

A.P. Croll and Son, Inc., a subcontractor at a Wal-Mart construction site in Georgetown, Del., has settled alleged violations of regulations to protect America's waterways from polluted stormwater runoff, U.S. EPA announced on May 5.

In a consent agreement with EPA, A.P. Croll and Sons has agreed to pay a $13,000 penalty to settle violations during the 2000 construction of the Wal-Mart store on Route 113 in Georgetown. Stormwater runoff from the construction site flowed into a tributary of the Nanticoke River.

Uncontrolled stormwater runoff from construction sites often contains excessive sediments and other pollutants. The Clean Water Act requires operators of construction sites to obtain a permit before discharging stormwater runoff into waterways. These permits include erosion and sediment controls, precautionary best management practices such as spill prevention safeguards, material storage and employee training.

A.P. Croll and Sons was responsible for erosion and sediment management activities during construction of the store in 2000. An EPA inspection in May 2000 revealed that the site did not have the required state-issued Clean Water Act permit for stormwater discharge. EPA also cited the company for not taking measures to reduce contaminated stormwater runoff, including failure to install sediment traps and a stormwater sedimentation basin, and failure to maintain the construction entrance.

The company has cooperated with EPA to resolve this matter, and to comply with applicable Clean Water Act requirements. As part of the settlement, the company has neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations.

For more information about EPA's stormwater program, visit www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater.

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

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