Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Home Depot Settles with EPA

The Home Depot reached a settlement deal with the EPA recently regarding violations of the Clean Water Act, specifically stormwater run off construction practices at more than 30 construction sites in 28 states. In no particular order here is a list of the locations:
  1. Bullhead City, Arizona
  2. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  3. Palm Coast, Florida
  4. Suwannee, Georgia
  5. Mishawaka, Indiana
  6. Garden City, Kansas
  7. Somerset, Massachusetts
  8. Ellsworth, Maine
  9. Auburn Hills, Michigan
  10. Willmar, Minnesota
  11. Blue Springs, Missouri
  12. Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
  13. Omaha, Nebraska
  14. Rochester, New Hampshire
  15. Tilton, New Hampshire
  16. Seabrook, New Hampshire
  17. Londonderry, New Hampshire
  18. Alamogordo, New Mexico
  19. Lawton, Oklahoma
  20. Beaverton, Oregon
  21. Provo, Utah
  22. Crawfordsville, Indiana
  23. Juneau, Alaska
  24. Porterville, California
  25. Evergreen, Colorado
  26. Aurora (Saddlerock), Colorado
  27. Aurora (Pioneer Hills), Colorado
  28. Plymouth, Michigan
  29. Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  30. College Station, Texas
  31. Lewisville, Texas
  32. Wylie, Texas
  33. Austin, Texas
  34. American Fork, Utah
They settled for $ 1.3 Million dollars. The press release is HERE(1) . The info sheet is HERE(2). The Consent Decree in pdf is HERE(3).

I'd imagine that with pockets as deep as Home Depot this wont affect their bottom line too much. But that these issues even came up is silly. Just some basic construction and engineering practices would have prevented this. I guess thats what you get when you hire the low bid.

1 comment:

  1. This is an example of administrations like Bush's where they don't effectively enforce environmental standards, in this case with appropriate penalties. This settlement, for Home Cheapo, is a joke!

    It costs LESS for big corporations to break environmental laws and pay the penalties and lawyers' fees associated with it than it is for them to abide by the law in the first place. The only way they'll abide by the law is if you make it hurt more to break the law. Until that happens, why would they? Because it's the right thing to do? Yeah . . . right.