EPA PROPOSES TO FINE RAYMOND TIRRELL $32,000 FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS IN PLANTATION KEY, FLA.
EPA PROPOSES TO FINE RAYMOND TIRRELL $32,000 FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS IN PLANTATION KEY, FLA. ATLANTA, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to fine Raymond Tirrell of Islamorada, Fla., $32,000 for the unauthorized discharge of fill material into wetlands in Plantation Key, Fla. The alleged violations occurred in 1988 when Tirrell discharged riprap and fill material into approximately 60 linear feet of buttonwood and red, black and white mangrove vegetated wetlands during construction of a dock along an unnamed canal in Plantation Key. "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 $32,000 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 Florida is located in Jacksonville (Regulatory Division, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019) and can be contacted at 904-232-2242. -0- 7/23/92 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region IV, 404-347-3004/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Florida IN: SU: EXE
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