Minneapolis home builder penalized for stormwater violations

Contact: Stephen Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

St. Paul, Minn. ― Jason Miller of Minneapolis has paid a fine and taken corrective actions as a result of construction stormwater violations at The Bluffs of Candy Cove, a two-acre residential development near Prior Lake, Minn.

During several inspections in 2013, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) staff discovered multiple violations of construction stormwater rules at the site. Violations included failure to stabilize exposed soils, slopes and dirt stockpiles; and improperly draining water from the site. These violations resulted in sediment and sediment-laden stormwater to flow into nearby Lower Prior Lake. Large amounts of sediment entering a lake can damage water quality and harm aquatic life.

The MPCA informed Mr. Miller of the violations following each inspection, and provided technical assistance on how to fix the problems prior to initiating this enforcement action.

Mr. Miller has paid a $30,000 civil penalty and completed a series of corrective actions to bring the site into compliance with stormwater rules and regulations.

When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously the violation affected the environment, whether it is a first time or repeat violation, and how promptly the violation was reported to appropriate authorities. It also attempts to recover the calculated economic benefit gained by failure to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner. For a comprehensive list of enforcement actions by the MPCA, refer to the agency website at http://www.pca.state.mn.us.