Feb. 1, 2016 01:01

Alaskan Contractor Fined

The Alaskan borough of Matanuska-Susitna and the contractor it hired were fined $18,000 in penalties for federal Clean Water Act permit violations during the construction of a new library. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation settled the claims against the borough and contractor E&E Construction. The claims involved violations of permits required to control stormwater runoff.

The intended purpose of requiring a permit is to prevent waterway pollution. The contractor and borough claim that they didn’t cause any pollution; they simply failed to fill out paperwork required by the Clean Water Act.

According to a state inspection report written while the building was still under construction, inspectors found that little of the documentation required under the Clean Water Act had been completed. These include training logs, corrective actions, and grading, stabilization and rainfall logs.

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