EPA Fines City and Two Counties For Stormwater Violations

An October 29 Baltimore Sun article describes the recent action undertaken by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fine three Maryland jurisdictions for stormwater runoff violations.

The Environmental Protection Agency has levied nearly $250,000 in fines against Baltimore City and Anne Arundel and Harford counties for failing to adequately protect their waterways from pollution washing off streets, parking lots and lawns. …

The EPA’s Mid-Atlantic regional office in Philadelphia proposed fining the three local governments more than a year after inspections found they were violating permits requiring them to control storm-water pollution from government facilities, construction sites and businesses. Problems included failure to deal with illegal discharges, dumping, spills and neglecting pollution controls at government buildings, garages and maintenance yards. …

[EPA’s regional stormwater leader Andrew] Dinsmore said the Maryland storm-water inspections were the first in the region, but enforcement actions against other localities are likely. Representatives for the city and both counties say they either have appealed the penalties or expect to.

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