By Péralte C. Paul; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A Wieland Homes affiliate, John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods of the CarolinasInc., also is a part of the settlement, one of the largest levied against a homebuilder this year.
"We changed our procedures five years ago as soon as they notified us," chief executive John Wieland said Monday. "We have not been cited since."
The violations cited allegedly occurred at 25 construction sites in Georgia,Tennessee and the Carolinas between 1999 and 2004, the EPA said.
They included not obtaining permits or obtaining them after construction began. Inother cases, violations included failure to prevent or minimize pollutants,including silt and debris, from going into storm-water runoff.
"Improving compliance at construction sites is one of the EPA's national enforcementpriorities and this is one of the EPA's largest settlements with a homebuilder forstorm-water violations at construction sites," said Davina Marraccini, an EPAspokeswoman.
As part of the settlement, Wieland has implemented several storm-water compliance programs throughout the company's operations.
Wieland Homes fined for building wall across stream
By STACY SHELTON; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Monday, February 02, 2009
John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, one of metro Atlanta's most respected homebuilders, must pay a $150,000 fine to the state for impounding a stream in the cityof Milton without a permit.
Wieland built about an 18-foot-high retaining wall across a tributary of CooperSandy Creek. The creek feeds the Little River, which empties into Lake Allatoona, awater source for metro Atlantans. The wall created a stormwater detention pond tohold back muddy rainwater.
Bert Langley, manager of the EPD's Mountain District office, said the state wouldnot have allowed Wieland to build the wall, but will not force the developer toremove it. EPD's investigation started last May.
The Wieland project, called the Braeburn Development, is at the intersection ofBirmingham Highway and Crabapple Road. The project is designed for about 53,000square feet of offices, 45 houses and 49 townhouses.