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Landowner to Pay for Clean Water Act Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered James Pflueger to pay $7.5 million for construction activities on 380 acres (150 ha) of coastal property on Kaua’i, Hawaii. Pflueger’s transgressions include cutting away a hillside to create a vertical road cut, grading a coastal plateau, creating new access roads to the coast, and disposing of dirt and rock fill in perennial streams, according to EPA. The largest settlement ever for Clean Water Act violations at a single site, the agreement requires Pflueger to pay $2 million in penalties to the state of Hawaii and the U.S.; $5.3 million to prevent erosion and restore streams at areas damaged by his construction activities; and $200,000 to replace cesspools with improved wastewater systems at homes in a nearby coastal community. Details are online at www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/civil/cwa/pflueger.html.

Published May 3, 2006

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