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EPA FINES KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION $5,000 FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS IN CLEBURNE COUNTY, ALA.

 ATLANTA, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Kimberly-Clark Corporation of Oxford, Ala., $5,000 for violations involving the company's failure to use Best Management Practices, a requirement of the Clean Water Act, in the construction and maintenance of forestry roads through stream crossings.
 In addition to the fine, Kimberly-Clark reconstructed the stream crossings in question and voluntarily conducted training courses for their forestry personnel specifically addressing the use of Best Management Practices and compliance with state and federal regulations and guidelines.
 Best Management Practices are required by the Clean Water Act to reduce erosional runoff from forestry activities. These practices include the use of silt fences, proper road construction, and leaving natural buffer zones adjacent to water bodies. When silt enters a waterbody it eventually settles to the bottom and destroys bottom dwelling organisms.
 The $5,000 penalty was assessed by the EPA Region IV office in Atlanta under a provision of the Clean Water Act which authorizes EPA to assess administrative penalties for violations of the act. Under this authority, EPA can assess administrative penalties of up to $125,000 for the placement of fill in waters of the United States or the destruction of wetlands. For more serious violations, EPA may refer cases to the U.S. Department of Justice where greater civil penalties and criminal sanctions can be sought in the United States District courts.
 The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) are working together to implement Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which requires that a permit be obtained before placing fill in waters of the United States or wetland areas. EPA strongly encourages all property owners desiring to excavate or fill wetlands or waters of the United States to contact the COE prior to beginning work. The COE office which administers the Section 404 permit program in Alabama is located in Mobile (Regulatory Division, P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628-0001) and can be contacted at 205-690-2658.
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 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson of EPA Region IV, 404-347-3004/


CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Kimberly-Clark
 Corporation ST: Alabama IN: ENV SU: EXE


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