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EPA PROPOSES TO FINE BAYOU CADDY, INC. AND JOSEPH E. CURE $30,000 FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS IN HANCOCK COUNTY, MISS.

 ATLANTA, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to fine Bayou Caddy, Inc. and Joseph E. Cure of Lakeshore, Hancock County, Miss., $30,000 for the unauthorized discharge of fill material into 2.09 acres of wetlands adjacent to the Mississippi Sound, near the mouth of Bayou Caddy at the west end of Beach Boulevard.
 The alleged violation occurred in 1992 when Bayou Caddy, Inc. and Joseph E. Cure mechanically land-cleared a coastal wetland considered by EPA as an aquatic resource of national importance. The purpose of the land clearing was to construct a parking lot for a dockside gambling vessel.
 "The EPA will not tolerate the destruction of such an important and endangered natural resource as wetlands," said EPA Regional Water Division Director W. Ray Cunningham. "Let EPA's action be a clear signal to potential violators throughout the Southeast that this agency will not hesitate to enforce the law and prevent the unnecessary destruction of these very valuable resources."
 The $30,000 penalty is being 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 Mississippi is located in Mobile, Ala. (Regulatory Division, P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 35528-0001) and can be contacted at 205-690-2658.
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 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 404-347-3004/


CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency; Bayou Caddy, Inc. ST: Mississippi IN: ENV SU: EXE

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