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Conger Management Group pays $9,000 for Clean Water Act violations in Idaho

Release Date: 02/27/2006
Contact Information: Contact: Eva Chun, 206-553-1970, chun.eva@epa.gov Tony Brown, 206-553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Boise, ID. – Feb. 27, 2006) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with Conger Management Group (CMG) for violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) during construction of the 35-acre Bown Crossing development located at 2222 East Boise Avenue in Boise, Idaho. CMG has agreed to pay $9,000.

During an inspection in November 2003, EPA inspectors discovered that CMG failed to apply for coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) construction general permit. The permit requires operators of construction sites to conduct regular inspections and implement storm water controls in order to protect the nation's waterways from pollutants, such as sediment, oil, grease and concrete washout.

CMG also failed to implement adequate best management practices to prevent or minimize the discharge of pollutants into Watson Drain, a water of the U.S.. Watson Drain is a tributary to Loggers Creek which eventually leads to the Boise River.

“Managing storm water responsibly at construction sites should be a key part of every developer’s site plan,” said Kim Ogle, EPA’s Region 10 Water Compliance Unit Manager.

As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit program controls water pollution by regulating sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States.


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