February 26, 2008--Home Depot fined for construction site runoff in 28 states (Environmental News Service)

Home Depot has agreed to pay a $1.3 million penalty and implement a nationwide compliance program to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at 34 construction sites in 28 states where new Home Depot stores were built. The U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, joined by the state of Colorado, have accepted the settlement agreement, but it must still be approved by a federal court. The settlement requires that Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, implement a comprehensive, corporate-wide program to prevent stormwater pollution at each new store it builds nationwide. Home Depot must develop improved pollution prevention plans for each site, increase site inspections and promptly correct any problems at its sites. The company must train its construction managers, as well as contractors and their personnel on federal stormwater requirements.

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