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JUL 2014

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Page 16 of 95 JuLY 2014 • 15 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES economic, social and environmental ben- efits to communities that adopt and verify compliance with construction codes; • All federal agencies should ensure that any grants they give to states and local- ities in support of community develop- ment, resilience, housing, planning, transportation, and related functions include prerequisites or other require- ments focused on current building code adoption and compliance; • Community ratings conducted for var- ious purposes should be integrated and expanded to include development of community-wide resilience ratings that can be used to identify best practic- es; assist in awarding federal and state grants; and, support private-sector deci- sion making, including insurance under- writing and financial investments; and, • The NIBS Multihazard Mitigation Coun- cil, with support from the public and private sectors, should update the Nat- ural Hazard Mitigation Saves report to address current savings and benefits that accrue to state and local governments and the private sector. EPA TAGS BUILDER FOR LAX CONCRETE WASHOUT PLAN Under an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, Rochester, N.Y., build- er Atlantic Funding & Real Estate will pay a $50,000 penalty for stormwater control rule violations at its Gateway Landing develop- ment, and invest nearly $70,000 in a bioswale to filter silt and pollution from the site's con- taminated runoff into the Erie Canal. Along with Atlantic Funding documents, EPA inspections of Gateway Landing sites in Greece and Gates, N.Y., revealed the builder was not properly following key stormwater pol- lution prevention plan parts. Violations includ- ed failure to a) install a designated concrete washout area and perimeter silt fence prior to start of work; and, b) construct sediment basins and permanently stabilize drainage ditches with vegetation prior to road and building construction. The builder also violated storm- water discharge permit provisions, including the requirement to conduct site inspections according to the specified schedule, and prop- erly amend a pollution prevention plan to minimize site discharges. "Soil and pollutants carried by uncon- trolled stormwater runoff can seriously damage our waterways. The legal settlement with Atlantic Funding will reduce stormwater runoff, protecting water quality in the Erie Canal," notes EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck. More than one third of Gateway Landing's 20,000-sq.-ft. bioswale will consist of a rain garden—a shallow, vegetated basin to col- lect and absorb rooftop, sidewalk and pave- ment runoff. EPA estimates the project will curtail stormwater conveyance by as much as 145,000 gallons a year. The Clean Water Act requires developers of sites exceeding one acre to implement stormwater pollution prevention plans to keep soil and contaminants from running off into nearby waterways. EPA estimates the rate at which water carries soil and contam- inants off construction sites is typically 10 to 20 times and 1,000 to 2,000 times great- er than that from agricultural and forested lands, respectively.

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