ADEM fines Mobile

ADEM fines Mobile, forces it into consent decree for failure to monitor stormwater runoff.

After years of failure to fully monitor what its storm drains flush into the bay, Mobile has been fined and forced by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to enter into a consent decree. A June 2011 audit of the city's program noted three violations:

  • Failure to submit required stormwater management reports.
  • Failure to properly fund the stormwater management permit program.
  • Failure to develop a detailed construction-project monitoring system to monitor runoff.

ADEM imposed the relatively modest fine of $17,500. Each of the violations could have provoked a penalty of up to $25,000, according to the city.

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