Sep 27, 2007

DEC Fines New York Construction Company

Funds to support local environmental project

In order to settle water quality and storm water violations on a construction site, Archmont, Inc. haas agreed to pay a $50,000 fine and an additional $35,000 to fund a local environmental benefit project (EBP) in Colonie, N.Y., said New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 4 Director Gene Kelly.From January to July of this year, Archmont, a Rensselaer construction company, caused turbidity in the Dry River, a tributary to the Hudson River. The stream turbidity, which stemmed from a subdivision development site in Colonie, violated the Clean Water Act. Furthermore, Archmont violated its storm water pollution prevention plan by failing to control onsite erosion and sediment adequately."The quality of our region's water bodies depends upon the strict adherence to storm water regulations," Kelly said. "We want to send a clear message to the construction community that storm water regulations will be strictly enforced by both the department and by the regulated municipalities. We would like to commend the town of Colonie for their efforts in developing and implementing their storm water program."DEC can require a respondent to fund EBPs as part of a civil settlement, either at an offending facility or in the surrounding area, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations and DEC policy. In the case of Archmont, the funds will be deposited into an escrow account to be used for a Colonie EBP project at a location to be determined.