Company Fined for Violating Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) fined A&L Inc., of Belle Vernon, Westmoreland County, $20,000 for violating the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law in 2004 and early 2005 during construction of Interstate 99 in Blair County, DEP Regional Director Robert Yowell announced on Oct. 2.

"A&L Inc. consistently failed to maintain the proper erosion and sedimentation controls at different locations along the I-99 construction site in Blair County," Yowell said. "These violations were documented during inspections made by the Centre County Conservation District in 2004 from June through November, and in January 2005."

Even though the work sites were in Blair County, the inspections were done by the Centre County Conservation District because of interagency agreements covering this portion of the I-99 project.

Violations by A&L included a failure to complete dirty water ditches and sediment basins, seed and mulch, install rock filters, and provide inlet protection; leaking sediment basins; and removing a silt fence before seeding and mulching slopes.

"Because A&L Inc. did not properly perform its duties as outlined in the company's approved erosion and sedimentation control plan, water containing excessive sediment was discharged to several unnamed tributaries of South Bald Eagle Creek, causing water pollution," Yowell said.

After discussions with A&L Inc. regarding a civil penalty proved unsuccessful, DEP filed a complaint with the state Environmental Hearing Board in July 2006. The company agreed to the penalty assessment just days before the scheduled Environmental Hearing Board hearing on Sept. 25.

The fine is being paid to the Clean Water Fund in two installments of $10,000 each. The first installment was paid last week and the second is due by Dec. 21.

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