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EPA fines Jody Vick, landowner $5,000 for Wetlands violations in Douglas, Alaska

Release Date: 06/28/2006
Contact Information: Steve Roy, (206) 553-6221, roy.steve@epa.gov Courtney Hamamoto, (206) 553-1477, hamamoto.courtney@epa.gov Tony Brown, (206) 553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Douglas, AK – June 28, 2006) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has issued an Administrative Complaint against Jody Vick, a private landowner, for unauthorized fill activities that occurred in August 2004 at his property in Douglas, Alaska. EPA is seeking a penalty in the amount of $5,000.

The complaint alleges that Mr. Vick placed fill material within the intertidal area of Gastineau Channel at his property without a Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permit in violation of CWA Section 301.

Mr. Vick had a previous violation back in July 2002, when he used heavy earthmoving equipment to place approximately 2,000 cubic yards of rock and soil onto approximately 0.27 acres of intertidal area at the site without obtaining a permit.

“Intertidal areas serve important functions such as providing habitat for fish and wildlife,” said Marcia Combes, Director of EPA’s Alaska Operations Office in Anchorage. “Landowners need to take protection of these areas seriously. One way they can do this is by checking with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that they have the proper permits in place before they start conducting work.”

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