Georgetown, Del. Contractor Settles Storm Water Violations at Delaware Walmart Site

A.P. Croll and Son Inc., a subcontractor at a Walmart construction site in Georgetown, Del., has settled alleged violations of regulations to protect America’s waterways from polluted storm water runoff, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.

In a consent agreement with EPA, A.P. Croll and Sons of Georgetown has agreed to pay a $13,000 penalty to settle violations during the 2000 construction of the Walmart store on Route 113 in Georgetown. Storm water runoff from the construction site flowed into a tributary of the Nanticoke River.

Uncontrolled storm water runoff from construction sites often contains excessive sediments and other pollutants. The Clean Water Act requires operators of construction sites to obtain a permit before discharging storm water runoff into waterways. These permits include erosion and sediment controls, precautionary best management practices such as spill prevention safeguards, material storage and employee training.

A.P. Croll and Sons was responsible for erosion and sediment management activities during construction of the store in 2000. An EPA inspection in May 2000 revealed that the site did not have the required state-issued Clean Water Act permit for storm water discharge. EPA also cited the company for not taking measures to reduce contaminated storm water runoff, including failure to install sediment traps and a storm water sedimentation basin, and failure to maintain the construction entrance.

The company has cooperated with EPA to resolve this matter, and to comply with applicable Clean Water Act requirements. As part of the settlement, the company has neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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