The Cameo Builders of Vermont were hit with a $9,000 fine from the state for violating storm water rules during construction.
The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that Cameo Builders of Vermont were fined $9,000 for violating Vermont’s storm water regulations during the construction of a two-phased residential development in Wilmington, reported VTDigger.
DEC requires developers to obtain a storm water permit when creating an acre or more of new impervious surface, according to the EPA. Cameo Builders failed to obtain a permit for all new impervious surfaces on both adjoining parcels. Instead, they maintained that each phase of the development was a separate project.
The purpose of obtaining these permits is to limit the amount of storm water rushing into rivers and waterways, which would prevent flooding in neighborhoods.
Between 2014 and 2016, Cameo Builders purchased, subdivided and developed two adjoining parcels. It abandoned the project before completing the second phase, however.
The construction of five single-family residences and shared access roads and utilities on the two adjoining parcels resulted in 1.7 acres of new impervious surfaces. Cameo Builders sold some of these properties without securing the required storm water permit, however, according to VTDigger.
“Constructing a project in phases does not remove the permitting requirements” said DEC Commissioner Emily Boedecker. “Protecting Vermont towns from flooding and reducing pollution flowing into our lakes and streams requires that developers be held accountable for their developments, even after selling the properties.”
The agency is working with the current property owners to ensure that the entire development is covered by a storm water discharge permit.