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What Happens When a City Decides to Strip a Stream Buffer Without an EPD Variance?
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On April 29, 2009, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported City of Cumming, Georgiathat the City of Cumming bulldozed through a stream that drains into nearby Lake Lanier, while searching for the best spot to build an aquatic center.  Lake Lanier is the same lake that Cummings' logo proudly displays (see right).
Page 7, the GESA Model Ordinance, adopted by the City of Cumming (an EPD Approved LIA) states as follows.....
The rules and regulations, ordinances, or resolutions adopted pursuant to O.C.G.A.  12-7-1 et. seq. for the purpose of governing land-disturbing activities shall require, as a minimum, protections at least as stringent as the state general permit; and best management practices, including sound conservation and engineering practices to prevent and minimize erosion and resultant sedimentation, which are consistent with, and no less stringent than, those practices contained in the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia.
         Proposed Aquatic CenterCumming Aquatic Ctr State Waters
Click on the photo to read the NOI, (the commitment made by all individuals who sign this important document). 
Thousands of GSWCC Certified people who receive this newsletter will be watching to see how Georgia handles this situation. 
THIS USED TO BE A Beautiful Georgia its a leaking mud bowl!  Lots of Questions are coming out of certified people in Georgia.  Questions like..... 
-Should Cumming receive special treatment by the EPD because they're a city government, or should they receive the same enforcement as a land developer who violates a stream buffer while building a subdivision.
-Should the City of Cumming have known better, especially since they have adopted the Model Ordinance that allows them to enforce the rules and regulations of GESA and the NPDES General Permit on developers and builders in their own jurisdiction?
-Isn't Cumming an approved LIA with inspectors who are Level 1B Advanced Fundamentals (Red Card) Certified? 
-When a Local Issuing Authority conducts their own affairs in such a manner, how serious do they exercise the privilege of properly protecting Lake Lanier from other land developments?
Sounds like a simple question, but most people do not.  If you want to learn the facts in a way that will "Help It All Make Sense", click here.
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Jim Spotts - PolymersTECHTALK 
by Dr. Jim Spotts
TechTalk is a forum for resolving erosion and sediment control and/or construction related problems from a technical perspective.  Technical questions are submitted by the reader; suggestions may be from Southeast Environmental Consultants, LLC, (SEC) or other sources.  The reader is solely responsible for the results, if the suggestion is implemented.  Simple Solutions to Everyday Questions!
Truck - ExitQuestion: 
When tire washing for trucks leaving my site, the front of the tractors is already on the paved road, when the rear trailer tires reach the wash station.  This is a traffic problem.  What do you suggest? 

  The wash station should be moved further into the site to account for the length of the tractor and trailer.   Also be sure to construct a berm to divert water and sediment from flowing downslope onto the paved road. 
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 Water Treatment Supervisor Pleads Guilty for Falsifying Drinking Water Safety Reports
Release date: 04/30/2009 
A former supervisor of the Fort Gibson Water Treatment Plant, Water Treatment Plantpleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to falsifying a monthly operating report that certified the safety of drinking water from the facility, the Justice Department announced.

Environmental Trainer Added to EPA's Fugitives Web Site
Release date: 04/02/2009

False Training CertificatesFormer president of a large environmental training school, was convicted of selling certificates from her Environmental Compliance Training company to hundreds of individuals who had not taken the mandatory training course. The individuals had purchased the training certificates without actually performing the training.

She had sent the individuals to perform work at job sites and paid them "under the table" for their work. She did not report to the IRS and workers compensation organizations, allowing her to save more than $1 million dollars in tax and insurance payments.
READ MORE - This is a Re-release from GeoLOGICs April Newsletter.
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Capital City Club, Brookhaven Golf Course
Release Date: April 9, 2009
The USEPA intends to assess administrative penalties of $157,500 Capital City, Brookhaven Golf-US EPA CWA Violationunder the authority of Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. Sections 1311 and 1342(p). The alleged violations cited are of Section 301 and 402(p) of the CWA. Brookhaven Golf Course is being cited for failure to meet the requirements of Georgia's NPDES General Permit.


WOLF BAY Residential Development
Release Date: March 26, 2009
Dredging and Filling - CWA ViolationThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 4, has proposed to assess an administrative penalties of $177,500 to the owner of a residential development.  EPA alleges the Respondent has made unauthorized discharges of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States in violation of Section 301 of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. Section 1311. The discharges were made during construction activities associated with residential development, which impacted approximately 0.74 acres of forested wetlands. 
At the NPDES Training Institute, we believe that KNOWLEDGE is POWER!  This newsletter in intended to be a useful tool for all individuals involved stormwater management, especially those on construction sites. 
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