Home Depot has agreed to pay a $1.3 million penalty and implement a nationwide compliance program to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. The settlement resolves alleged violations that were discovered at more than 30 construction sites in 28 states where new Home Depot stores were being built.
The settlement, joined by the state of Colorado, requires that Home Depot implement a comprehensive, corporate-wide program to prevent storm water pollution at each new store it builds nationwide.
A similar consent decree was reached with Wal-Mart in 2005 under which Wal-Mart established a comprehensive storm water compliance plan and paid a fine of more than $3 million.
“EPA requires construction sites to take simple, basic steps to prevent storm water pollution,” said Granta Nakayama, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “We expect a large corporation like Home Depot to comply with the law and protect the waters in the communities it serves.”