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Fairfield, OH: (Nov-13-07) The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency brought charges against Dixon Builders and its sister companies, alleging that they violated Ohio's water pollution laws by failing to control mud and runoff at four construction sites. An investigation undertaken by the Ohio EPA between 2003 and 2005 found that the Fairfield-based company developed the four construction sites without maintaining adequate storm water controls. EPA officials claimed that the company failed to maintain the controls that they did install, allowing mud to be swept into tributaries of Four Mile Creek, the Great Miami River and O'Bannon Creek. Large amounts of sediment can harm a stream's ecosystem by smothering the tiny creatures at the bottom of the food chain, as well as the eggs of fish and other organisms.

As part of a settlement reached, Dixon Builders and its sister companies have agreed to pay an $80,000 settlement to resolve allegations. Sources claimed that of the $80,000 penalty, $64,000 will go to help fund surface water pollution programs and $16,000 will go to Ohio EPA's Clean Diesel School Bus program. [MIDDLETOWN JOURNAL: CONSTRUCTION MUD]

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Published on Nov-14-07


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