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EPA Orders Louisiana Land Trust and Camp Dresser McKee, Inc. to Stop Discharging

Release Date: 02/25/2010
Contact Information: Dave Bary at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – February 25, 2010) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued cease and desist administrative orders to the Louisiana Land Trust and Camp Dresser McKee, Inc. for widespread non-compliance with storm water provisions outlined in the federal Clean Water Act.

A February 8, 2010, EPA and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) inspection of construction activities in St. Bernard and Orleans Parishes found runoff from construction sites previously identified and documented by LDEQ. The inspection also revealed the Louisiana Land Trust and Camp Dresser McKee failed to submit a Notice of Intent for permit coverage under the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) General Permit for storm water discharges from construction activities and failed to develop and implement best management practices to control the discharge of sediment and debris from construction sites.

Based on these findings, the Louisiana Land Trust and Camp Dresser McKee have been ordered to cease all discharges of sediment and debris from construction activities in St. Bernard and Orleans Parishes, remove sediment and debris previously discharged and within 15 days submit a Notice of Intent to LDEQ for permit coverage under the LPDES General Permit program.

The Louisiana Land Trust and Camp Dresser McKee have also been given 15 days to develop, implement and submit a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPP) tailored for construction sites in St. Bernard and Orleans Parishes and submit a detailed description of activities completed to comply with the cease and desist orders.

More about activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/region6

EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/feb2010.html

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