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Cumming & EPD Meet...... 
No Decision Yet on the Degree of Enforcement
Cumming Aquatic Ctr State WatersIt will likely be another couple weeks before the City of Cumming and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) reconcile an alleged violation of water quality laws.  "We've got our environmental consulting firm working with them on it, and hopefully we will have a solution in the near future," said Gerald Blackburn, city administrator.  "Whenever they get a plan that we think the city can afford and that will be satisfactory to [the EPD] ... we need them to tell us what they want done and how they want it accomplished."
The city also faces a possible lawsuit from the Upper Chattahoochee River Keeper Inc. in connection with the alleged violations.  
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Administrator Jackson Testifies on 2010 Budget 
On May 19, 2009, Environmental Protection Agency US EPAAdministrator Lisa P. Jackson testified before a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee's Interior and Environment Subcommittee on EPA's 2010 budget proposal. The $10.5 Billion proposal, announced on May 7, takes significant steps to protect human health and the environment.

Georgia Power Plant Hammond
Location: Floyd County

Cause of Order:  Improper Erosion, Sedimentation and Pollution ControlGA EPD logo Plan; erosion and sediment controls poorly maintained; failure to stabilize site; sediment to tributaries of Smith Creek  
Requirement(s) of Order:     Immediatlely cease further land disturbing activity except installation and maintenance of necessary E&S controls, until written authorization from EPD to resume; achieve/maintain compliance with General NPDES Permit including proper installation and maintenance of E&S controls; submit for approval, appropriate corrective action plan/schedule to locate areas where sediment has reached state waters and method for removal and disposing of the sediment; upon approval, implement plan; comply with General NPDES Permit for any future LDA  
Settlement Amount: $60,000

Twiggs County waste water treatment system construction site/Hill & Dale Rd.
Date of Issue: May 11,2009
Cause of Order: Improper Erosion, Sedimentation andES&PC Plan - Buffers Pollution Control Plan/failure to include all total disturbed acreage on Plan; buffer encroachment; inadequate erosion and sediment controls  
Requirement(s) of Order:     Fully implement ESPCP according to General NPDES Permit; stabilize 25ft buffer to prevent further erosion and sedimentation; submit approvable proposed restoration plan/schedule to re-establish 25ft vegetative buffer to preconstruction conditions; plan shall include measures to address sediment impacts to state waters; implement plan; submit land disturbing activity fees for site; select certified personnel to record daily rainfall, perform/record required site inspections and discharge monitoring as required  
Settlement Amount: $2,000 
What is your opinion about the fine?
Prize Petro Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act
Release date: 05/21/2009
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined PrizeCWA Violation - Oil Spill in Muddy Water Petro of Cherokee County, $4,000 for violating the Clean Water Act.  The settlement requires Prize Petro to pay a civil fine and certify that it has investigated the cause of the spill, cleaned up the spill and taken actions that will prevent future spills.
Four Senior Managers Sentenced After Longest Trial in Environmental Crimes History
Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. (a division of McWane Environmental CrimesIndustries, Inc. of Birmingham, Alabama was sentenced to pay a fine of $8 million for committing numerous environmental and worker safety crimes. The judge also ordered the company to serve 48 months "monitored" probation, requiring it to submit biannual reports to the court.
"These sentences show that senior managers, as well as companies, will be prosecuted when they break the law," said Catherine McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. "The managers had an obligation to run the facility safely and legally; instead, they committed environmental crimes that polluted the air and water and put people's health at risk."
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