July 15, 2016 12:09

Cooperation Avoids Fines

A recent meeting between the city of Warwick, Rhode Island, and the state Department of Environmental Management has resulted in a consent decree that avoids a costly legal battle.

Mayor Scott Avedisian says this route will take decades and cost millions, but that it is more productive than contesting the requirements.

Under the terms of the consent decree, the city will have to adopt new ordinances eliminating illicit discharges, and reviewing all construction projects that disturb more than one acre of land. The plan also calls for completing $231,000 in stormwater projects, and implementing stormwater BMPs.


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