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West Virginia Agencies Feud

Charleston, WV: (Mar-24-08) The West Virginia State Department of Environmental Protection brought an environmental damage lawsuit against the State Division of Highways, alleging that there were repeated environmental violations while the state agency worked on US 35 in Putnam County. The suit was filed after State Department of Environmental Protection Inspectors found several violations, which included improperly installed silt fences and no sediment trapping structures or diversion ditches. In its defense, the Division of Highways said that they try to comply with the law, but every so often, the employees are working on a time-bound road project, and adherence to environmental regulations takes a back seat.

Sources on both sides stated that the parties had agreed to a settlement agreement, which was negotiated privately by the two, in which the State Division of Highways agreed to a $125,560 fine. The department said that it plans to subtract the fines from payments to each of the three contractors. [WTAP NEWS: DOH PAYS $125,000 FOR REPEAT ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS]

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Published on Mar-25-08


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