KDOT agrees to pay $477,500 penalty to settle suit

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – Federal environmental regulators say the Kansas Department of Transportation has agreed to pay $477,500 to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at three road construction sites.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the proposed settlement Tuesday in the lawsuit filed over work at sites near Lawrence, Manhattan and Pleasanton. The agreement is subject to court approval.

The agency alleged Kansas failed to install adequate storm water control measures.

EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks says effective storm water management is necessary to protect waterways.

The deal requires KDOT to designate managers to oversee storm water compliance. It also requires third-party inspections at environmentally sensitive areas.

KDOT Deputy Secretary Jerry Younger says greater accountability will be put on staff and contractors to comply with the Clean Water Act.




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