• To Satisfy EPA, Builder Must Implement a Company-Wide Management, Reporting and Training Program for Stormwater Compliance
  • October 24, 2011 | Authors: Carl B. Everett; David J. Falcone; John C. Snyder
  • Law Firms: Saul Ewing LLP - Philadelphia Office ; Saul Ewing LLP - Wayne Office
  • The Federal Register of October 18, 2011 contained a notice of the lodging of a consent decree in United States v. Ryland Group, Inc. ("Ryland"). Ryland, one of the nation's largest homebuilders, has agreed to establish and implement a company-wide management, reporting and training program, in addition to paying a $625,000 penalty, to resolve EPA enforcement actions under the Clean Water Act. The agreed order will require Ryland's program to go beyond the current regulatory requirements. In addition to the federal compliance actions, Ryland was facing related claims that it violated stormwater regulations in six states: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada and Virginia. The proposed consent decree will also resolve those claims. The public comment period on the consent decree runs for 30 days and judicial approval could occur by the end of November.