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Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results FY2008:
Important Environmental Problems/National Priorities:
Stormwater

Problem: 

Poor Stormwater Flow

Poor Stormwater Flow

Good Stormwater Flow

Good Stormwater Flow

Stormwater runoff from construction activities and sewers in large urban areas significantly impairs water quality in rivers, lakes, streams, reservoirs, estuaries, nearshore ocean and wetlands nation-wide.   Soil disturbance and vegetation removal that occurs during construction increases erosion that transports sediment into waterways. As stormwater flows over a construction site, it carries other pollutants including pesticides, petroleum, chemicals, solvents, asphalts, acids, and debris from the land into water sources that serve as drinking water, aquatic habitat, and public swimming areas.  Urban stormwater discharged from storm sewers, called municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), is a major source of water quality impairment. Addressing urban stormwater is a national priority to improve water quality.

Key Results:

FY 2007 - 2008 Annual Results
Fiscal Year Estimated Pollutants to be Reduced or Treated
(lbs)*
Estimated Investments in Pollution Control
($)**
Civil Penalties
($) ***
FY 2007 118 million $9 million $4.3 million
FY 2008 1,329 million $68 million $7.6 million

*Estimated Pollutants Reduced or Treated is an estimate of the pounds of pollutants reduced, treated, or eliminated during the first year after a facility returns to compliance.
** Estimated Investments in Pollution Control is an estimate of the defendant’s cost to comply with consent decrees through the installation of appropriate pollutant controls.  The value for FY 2007 is adjusted for inflation using the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics calculator.
*** Civil Penalties are penalties assessed, not collected.  The value for FY 2007 is also adjusted for inflation.

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