Judge Rules in City’s Favor
A federal judge ruled in favor of the city of Bellevue, Washington, in a dispute with a homeowner who had developed more than twice the amount of land the city had permitted him to.
The city had argued that the features put in by William Weinstein had negatively impacted the neighboring Coal Creek Wetlands, on which the parcel sits almost entirely. Weinstein exceeded the development permits of the city by impacting more than 6,000 additional square feet than originally permitted, including installing a plastic-lined pond, well and water purification plant, sidewalks and landscaping, in addition to the home and large deck built on the site.
Weinstein had argued that his pond should be considered a habitat enhancement project for salmon.
FINN Corporation Expands
The FINN Corporation, maker of landscape and erosion control equipment, brings in two international companies as full-service dealers. Eastern Turf Equipment in Canada, and the Clark Equipment Group in Australia will now offer service for FINN hydroseeders, bark blowers, straw blowers, and MTS equipment.
Canadian-based Eastern Turf Equipment specializes in offering outdoor power equipment to the golf, municipal, and residential markets. Aussie-based Clark Equipment Group supplies construction, agricultural, and materials handling equipment.
Homebuilder to Pay Fine
One of the nation’s largest homebuilders, Toll Brothers Inc., was ordered to pay $741,000 to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at its construction sites, according to the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice.
They will also invest in a company-wide stormwater compliance program to improve employee training and increase management oversight at all current and future residential construction sites across the nation. The company is required to inspect its current and future construction sites routinely to minimize stormwater runoff from sites.
“’Keeping contaminated storm-water runoff out of the nation’s waterways is one of the EPA’s top priorities,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance and Assurance.
The EPA estimates the settlement will prevent millions of pounds of sediment from entering U.S. waterways every year.