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Environmental Cleansing

Ellsworth, ME: (Mar-12-08) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought charges against Ray Builders Inc., an Ellsworth construction company and Robert Ray, its owner, alleging that the company violated the federal Clean Water Act. The suit claimed that Ray and his company developed a 42-lot subdivision in Ellsworth without first obtaining a permit for filling wetlands from the Army Corps of Engineers. It stated that the construction of the road and development of the lots led to the discharge of dredged and fill material into forested wetlands next to streams flowing into Union River Bay, a tidal estuary.

As part of a settlement reached, both sides agreed to resolve the claims and end litigation, citing that Robert Ray and Ray Builders Inc. agreed to pay a $16,017 civil fine and donate a conservation easement. Additionally, the defendants will also fund a 3-year program of invasive species control at the 115-acre Great Meadow, one of the largest freshwater wetlands in Acadia National Park. [THE BOSTON GLOBE: CONSTRUCTION FIRM SETTLES WITH EPA IN WETLANDS CASE]

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Published on Mar-13-08


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