Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — Environmental concerns regarding water conservation and general environmental preservations are gripping the country and the new home builder industry is no different.
In a recent nationwide crackdown by the Environmental Protection Agency to “find storm water violations at construction sites. The Clean Water Act requires builders that disturb land to obtain permits and minimize runoff from rain.” CBS11TV.com in Dallas reported that four of the United States’ most prominent new homebuilders have reached a settlement to pay fines totaling $4.3 million for failing to monitor storm water runoff at construction sites.
According to CBS11TV.com, The sites in question were in 34 states and also included the District of Columbia. In addition to paying steep fines, KB Home, Pulte Homes, Richmond American Homes, and Dallas-based Centex Homes have complied to take the necessary precautions required by federal law “to keep 1.2 billion pounds of sediment out of the nation’s waterways.”
Of the four homebuilders involved in the settlement, Dallas’ Centex homes will fork out the heftiest fine of $1.46 million. The million-dollar settlements and agreement for to take precautionary steps between the EPA, the homebuilders and the U.S. Justice Department was reached on Wednesday.
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