WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation’s largest homebuilders must pay $625,000 to the federal government and seven states, including Maryland, for stormwater violations.

The Department of Justice and the federal Environmental Protection agency announced the penalty on Friday against The Ryland Group Inc. for alleged violations at construction sites nationwide, including the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Maryland will receive a portion of the settlement along with Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia.

The consent decree also includes sites in California, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, South Carolina and Texas.

Alleged violations include failing to obtain permits and not complying with permit requirements. The EPA says the settlement is expected to keep millions of pounds of sediment from entering waterways each year, where it can harm water quality and ecologically important plants and other species.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Can't Fix Stupid says:

    The condo I live in was built by Rylan in 1985. There is not an ounce of insulation in any of the buildings. Seems when these buildings were built, it was before inspectors really cracked down and didn’t check anything after drywall was hung, before the inspections. If an inspector walked in and the drywall was up, they just signed off on it. This builder has been ripping people of for way too long. If Rylan gave me a home, I would burn it down. That wold be about all it would be good for, fire wood.

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