Failure to comply with proper waste disposal practices when engaged in highway construction projects can land your company in hot water with the EPA. Earlier this month, the EPA came to an agreement with the Department of Transportation of North Dakota and Gowan Construction regarding violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a highway construction project near the Sheyenne River.
The agreement states that Gowan will pay $40,000 in fines and the North Dakota DOT will enhance its oversight to ensure Clean Water Act compliance and training for all contractors assigned to state projects.
While individual states can maintain regulations that go beyond the limits of the United State Environmental Protection Agency, they must meet the minimum federal standards at all times. This is why it is essential for all contractors and construction firms to be aware of both federal and state waste regulations while engage in both provate and public building projects.
The violations impacted approximately 220 acres along the Sheyenne River due to improper stormwater population plans and control mechanisms. It was estimated that over 1000 tons of sediment and debris from the construction site was improperly discharged into the river resulting in pollution and decreasing drinking water storage levels. .
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Failure to comply with proper waste disposal regulations will not only negatively impact the environment but can also land you in legal trouble. It’s always your responsibility to follow the law!