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Phoenix, AZ: (Sep-25-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought charges against Richmond American Homes of Arizona Inc., alleging that the company had violations at five residential construction sites in Maricopa County. The suit, filed by the federal regulators, claimed that the violations involved earth-moving and other operations and were discovered during routine inspections by Maricopa County from 2003 to 2005. The EPA says dust control is important because particulate matter affects the respiratory system, and breathing in particles can contribute to significant health problems.

As part of a settlement reached, Richmond American Homes agreed to pay a $155,000 fine to resolve the allegations. According to the EPA's regional office in San Francisco, a settlement with the company requires employee training and hiring of a dust-control coordinator at all large homebuilding sites. [ARIZONA REPUBLIC: CONSTRUCTION DUST]

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Published on Sep-25-07


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