The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection (KDEP) coordinated compliance and enforcement actions to address violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) associated with the treatment and disposal of storm water at construction sites in the Frankfort and Florence areas. These activities have resulted in adverse impacts on water quality.
Inspections were performed during the week of September 15, 2003, at construction sites that exceeded 5-acres of disturbed land within the Frankfort and Florence areas. Each site was evaluated based upon compliance with Kentucky's General Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for Storm Water Point Source Discharges and Construction Activities issued under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Program. EPA and KDEP evaluated the facilities' impact on the receiving streams and their compliance with the federal and state storm water regulations.
As a part of this effort, EPA, in cooperation with KDEP, has issued Administrative Orders (AOs) to each of the facilities. The AOs require the submission of a permit application or a Notice of Intent for coverage under the general permit and the installation and/or maintenance of Best Management Practices throughout the sites. Penalties associated with these violations will be determined at a later date.