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EPA SETTLES WITH THE OBION FORKED DEER BASIN AUTHORITY FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS NEAR HUMBOLDT, TENN.

 ATLANTA, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with the Obion Forked Deer Basin Authority for the unauthorized discharge of fill material into wetlands adjacent to the Middle Fork Forked Deer River near Humboldt, Tenn.
 EPA alleged that the Basin Authority discharged dirt, stumps and other earthen materials into wetlands in 1990 by using explosives.
 Under terms of the Consent Agreement and Final Order, EPA is requiring the Obion Forked Deer Basin Authority to prevent further erosion and any unpermitted discharge of materials into the Middle Fork Forked Deer River and its adjacent wetlands; and to maintain existing drainage and proposed land uses, as designated in the order. The Basin Authority is also required to construct and place a grade control structure in the wetlands area in which the debris was discharged.
 Wetlands are among the most environmentally beneficial areas in the nation. They include marshes, swamps, bogs and similar areas that have developed between open water and dry land. Wetlands harbor unique soils and plants that provide food and habitat for fish and wildlife, water purification, erosion control, flood control during major storms and recreation. Although wetland areas exist throughout the Southeast, they rapidly are being destroyed. Each year, 458,000 acres of wetlands are destroyed in the United States.
 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 filling 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 offices which administer the Section 404 permit program in Tennessee are located in Memphis (Regulatory Division, B-202 Clifford Davis Federal Building, Memphis, TN 38103) and Nashville (Regulatory Division, Post Office Box 1070, Nashville, TN 37202-1070).
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 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson, press office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 404-347-3004/


CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency; Obion Forked Deer
 Basin Authority ST: Tennessee IN: ENV SU: EXE


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