Water Quality Act Violations Resolved at Billings Subdivisions
HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality announces Buscher Construction and Development Inc. recently resolved violations of the Montana Water Quality Act that occurred at Poly Vista Estates, Trailshead and Falcon Ridge II subdivisions in Billings.
Buscher agreed to an $83,500 administrative penalty to resolve the following violations:
- Conducted construction activity prior to getting a required General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activities at all three subdivisions;
- Discharge of stormwater without a permit;
- Causing pollution of state waters due to sediment runoff; and
- Failure to implement its Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.
Buscher also agreed to submit quarterly summary reports for each subdivision for two years and to maintain and renew regular permit coverage in a timely manner.
“To protect Montana’s environment, it is critical for companies to work closely with DEQ to educate themselves on applicable environmental laws and to help resolve issues like this,” said DEQ Water Quality Division Administrator Tim Davis. “This agreement is a good step in the right direction.”
For additional information about Montana’s Water Quality Act, please call the DEQ Water Quality Division at 406-444-3080 or visit the website at: www.deq.mt.gov/DEQAdmin/WQ