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EPA and DOJ reach $4.3 Million settlement with four of the Nation’s Largest Home Builders for Storm Water Violations

Release Date: 06/11/2008
Contact Information: Tony Brown, EPA/Seattle, (206) 553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Seattle, Wash. – June 11, 2008) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a $4.3 million settlement with four of the nation’s largest home building companies – Centex Homes, Pulte Homes, KB Homes, and Richmond American Homes. The four settlements resolve alleged violations of requirements for the control of storm water runoff at construction sites in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Each company will pay the following penalties:

    • Centex Homes: $1,485,000
    • KB Home: $1,185,000
    • Pulte Homes: $877,000
    • Richmond American Homes: $795,000
Here in EPA Region 10, Centex Homes, based in Dallas reached settlement with EPA and DOJ for alleged Clean Water Act violations at their construction sites, including sites in Oregon and Washington. Centex Homes currently has 14 active sites in Oregon and 13 sites in Washington.

The Clean Water Act requires that construction sites have controls in place to prevent pollution from being discharged with storm water into nearby waterways. These controls include simple pollution prevention techniques such as silt fences, phased site grading, and sediment basins to prevent common construction contaminants from entering the nation’s waterways.
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A copy of the consent decree is available on the Justice Department Web site at
http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html

For additional information on the settlement with the homebuilders, please visit EPA’s website:
http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/civil/cwa/homebuilders.html

Or read the EPA National News Release

Location of Past and Current Construction Sites Covered by the Settlement (PDF) (45pp, 153K, About PDF)