EPA fines county $9,500 for lack of permit on creek projects

The county will pay a $9,500 fine that’s rarely issued after a federal agency said the surveyor didn’t get permits before putting stones in two creeks.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the county violated the national Clean Water Act when a contractor put riprap, or stones that are used to prevent erosion, into Grassy Creek and one of its tributaries, Short Run. Both are considered U.S. waterways, so local governments are required to get a permit before moving dirt or adding materials in the creeks under federal law, according to a settlement agreement

The agency cited two instances when a contractor added stones without a permit. The first incident occurred between March 2008 and July 2009, when stones were put along more than 10,000 feet of Grassy Creek. The second incident was in May 2011, when about 1,200 feet of riprap was put into Short Run. Both creeks are located in Pleasant Township near New Whiteland, about a half-mile west of U.S. 31.

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