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EPA fines big-box construction firm

Colorado Structures, a construction firm that builds big-box stores in several western states, has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a case involving numerous violations of the Clean Water Act. Colorado Structures agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty and implement a company-wide program to reduce storm water pollution at its construction sites, which can flow in nearby waterways and harm fish and wildlife.

According to a complaint filed along with the settlement, state inspectors found a pattern of violations and failures to comply with storm water and permit requirements dating back to 1999. The EPA documented violations at 16 construction sites in Colorado, California, Nevada and South Dakota. The violations cited in the complaint were documented during construction of Wal-Mart and Home Depot stores, according to the EPA.

The Justice Department and the EPA have previously concluded an enforcement against Wal-Mart, which involved many of the same sites as the Colorado Structures complaint.

The consent decree was lodged in U.S. District Court in Denver.

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