Missouri DOT cited for construction stormwater violations

November 2010, Vol. 65 No. 11

EPA Region 7 has issued a pair of administrative orders to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), citing multiple violations of stormwater permits that were issued for state construction projects along U.S. Highway 54 Expressway in Camden County, and U.S. Highway 67 in Wayne County.

EPA’s orders, filed in September in Kansas City, KS, direct MoDOT to comply immediately with the terms of the respective permits for the two highway construction projects, which were issued to MoDOT by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) under the authority of the federal Clean Water Act.

“Stormwater runoff from construction sites can harm the environment in several ways,” EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said. “Sediment from construction runoff negatively impacts water quality. It results in greater cloudiness of water bodies, and decreases their oxygen content, which results in loss of habitat for fish and other aquatic life. It can also result in fish kills, and reduced growth of beneficial aquatic plant life.”