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Government settles on restoration of area wetlands and stream

ORWELL – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that Yuhasz Bros. LLC will restore 162 acres of wetlands and 5,000 feet of stream to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act in Ashtabula and Trumbull counties.

The government alleged discharges of dredged or fill material into “waters of the United States” and “waters of the state of Ohio,” without a permit or other authorization from the Department of the Army Corps of Engineers at the property owned at the time by Yuhasz Bros. LLC, located directly south of South Windsor Road and east of state Route 534 (Phelps Creek Road) in Ashtabula County and Trumbull County.

The complaint states at various times between 2014 and 2016, the defendant or persons acting on its behalf and at its direction, cleared, grubbed, stumped, contoured, tilled and/or plowed approximately 80 acres of wetlands on the site, causing discharges of dredged and/or fill material into wetlands. The dredged or fill material includes, among other things, dirt, spoil, rock and sand, all of which constitute “pollutants,” according to the government.

For more, read tomorrow’s Tribune Chronicle.

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