Don’t be caught off-guard and find yourself with a notice of violation letter or a possible enforcement action with large associated penalties against your site or facility for storm water and related issues. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (“MDEQ”) has authority to levy penalties of up to $25,000 per day per violation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) also may seek enforcement for violations, and third-parties may sue under the Clean Water Act citizen’s suit provisions. By taking the right steps before construction begins and implementing good housekeeping measures and other best management practices, you can greatly minimize the risks associated with an environmental inspector citing your facility with violations that can lead to an enforcement action.
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