Cuccinelli issues rare praise for EPA in stormwater case
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.
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."
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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