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Cuccinelli issues rare praise for EPA in stormwater case

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli praised the Environmental Protection Agency this afternoon for its enforcement of stormwater runoff violations by a homebuilder Hovnanian Enterprises, which has agreed to pay $1 million and take steps to prevent run-off as part of a settlement agreement with the EPA.

Yes, really.

Since taking office in January, Cuccinelli has gained a reputation as a leading antagonist to the EPA, suing the agency over its attempts to regulate greenhouse gases.

But the EPA alleged Hovnanian stormwater run-off violations occured in Virginia (as well as 17 other states and the District of Columbia), and the Commonwealth will share in the penalty money, along with the District of Columbia, Maryland, and West Virginia. All were plaintiffs in the suit.

The settlement agreement is designed to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

And Cuccinelli wants to make clear, he's on board with those goals.

"Working with the governor, we joined in this settlement to protect Virginia's natural resources," he said in a statement. "When the EPA works within the bounds of its authority to enforce environmental regulations, I join in that effort to protect Virginia's natural resources and the interests of Virginians. The mitigation steps that the EPA structured with Hovnanian Enterprises are carefully tailored to protect the environment without costing people their businesses or their jobs."

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By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 21, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  | Tags: Attorney General of Virginia, Environmental Protection Agency, Hovnanian Enterprises, United States Environmental Protection Agency  
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Comments

Cuccinelli should be ashamed of himself !!!

While he is right to praise EPA for doing something right, he should ask himself, rightly, whether or not his HEAD is on right.

The $1 MILLION ???? fine cannot possibly be appropriate in an industry asking more than that for a single MacMansion.

A $1 BILLION fine would be the equivalent of 1000 MacMansions.

What an impertinent FARCE.

Much worse, however, is the following:

The mitigation steps that the EPA structured with Hovnanian Enterprises are carefully tailored to protect the environment without costing people their businesses or their jobs.

I had thought Cuccinelli would have been SMARTER than to let himself get FOUR-FLUSH BAMBOOZLED and HOODWINKED by Hovnanian and the EPA.

What we need is fewer businesses like Hovnanian and the CREATION of jobs that protect the environment !!!!

Posted by: Improperbostonian | April 21, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

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