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New Hampshire Construction Company Faces Fines for Storm Water Violations

Release Date: 11/05/2007
Contact Information: Paula Ballentine, (617) 918-1027

(Boston, Mass. – Nov. 5, 2007) - A Bow, N.H.-based construction company will pay a $60,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated on numerous occasions storm water requirements of the federal Clean Water Act.

R.S. Audley, Inc. excavated approximately one million cubic yards of material from a 300 acre sand and gravel mining operation located in the Town of Londonderry, N.H. EPA’s inspections revealed that the company made alleged unauthorized discharges of storm water from industrial activities into waters of the United States, failed to prepare and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan and failed to apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. EPA has alleged that Audley discharged storm water into waters of the United States without any or without adequate best management practices to control storm water.

Audley’s alleged storm water violations led to solids being deposited into a tributary to the Merrimack River and a visible sediment plume from the tributary into the Little Cohas Brook. Among other things, solids can destroy the spawning grounds of fish, increase turbidity, and smother sediment-dwelling organisms, all resulting in changes to aquatic flora and fauna. Discharges to the tributary have contributed solids into Little Cohas Brook, which the State of New Hampshire has listed as an impaired water body.

In a prior settlement with other operators of the facility, EPA obtained a settlement penalty of $250,000 and corrective actions to cure the storm water violations.

More information:
- EPA New England enforcement of the Clean Water Act (epa.gov/region1/enforcement/water)
- EPA storm water issues in New England (epa.gov/region1/topics/water/stormwater.html)