Home builder to pay pollution fine

Ryland Group cited for construction runoff violations

October 10, 2011|By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun

The Ryland Group, one of the nation's largest home builders, has agreed to pay $625,000 in penalties for storm-water pollution violations at construction sites in 14 states, including Maryland.

The settlement, announced by the U.S. Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, covers 278 building sites, 22 of them in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Among the citations against Ryland were releasing polluted storm water without a permit, and failure to develop and follow plans for controlling runoff. Maryland gets $13,489 of the penalty. Ryland, a Maryland company with headquarters in California, also agreed to do more employee training and oversight of its construction sites.

Ryland is the second home builder operating in the region hit by penalties as part of a nationwide federal crackdown on storm-water pollution. Hovnanian Enterprises agreed last year to pay $1 million for similar violations at 591 construction sites in 18 states, including 79 in Maryland. The state got $67,000 of that penalty.

tim.wheeler@baltsun.com

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