Georgia's Department of Transportation will pay fines totaling $30,396 over a series of buffer encroachments and related environmental violations at its construction sites along Interstate 20 in Richmond County.
The fine, which also required a rehabilitation plan for the impacted area in the northeast quadrant of the River Watch Parkway and I-20 construction area, was part of an enforcement order dated Sept. 16 and posted recently on the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's Web site.
It is the fourth such settlement in three years resulting in fines for environmental compliance violations, mostly along construction sites on I-20. The others were:
- Dec. 20, 2008: $176,000 fine levied over buffer encroachments and sediment washing into Crane Creek
- Sept. 16, 2008: $37,500 fine issued over improper erosion/pollution control allowing sediment into a stream
- Nov. 13, 2007: $42,300 fine levied over stormwater and buffer encroachments to Crane Creek and other areas
Earlier this month, state regulators excavated two areas along I-20 as part of an investigation into the inappropriate disposal of mixed wastes along a state right of way.
They removed small quantities of wood debris, silt fence and a few pieces of metal that should not have been buried there.
Once those wastes were removed by the contractor, the case was closed and no enforcement action was made, an EPD official said.
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