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Lafarge North America Inc. has agreed to pay a penalty of $740,000 in fines and invest another $8 million to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act. The company is one of the largest suppliers of construction materials in the United States. Lafarge was charged with violations of the Clean Water Act in five states including unpermitted storm water discharge at 21 different facilities.

The Clean Water Act is designed to protect America's rivers, lakes and sources of drinking water. The rule requires industries to maintain controls within the facilities to minimize pollution of surface water. In order to be permitted in our region, a Notice of Intent must be submitted to the state indicating the facility use, location, contact information, etc. The other important piece of managing a facility's drainage is the Storm water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). A SWPPP should be prepared by an environmental professional and will provide guidance for maintaining compliance with your state and the EPA.

You can read all the details of Lafarge's settlement on the EPA website.