The town of Ramapo, N.Y., will have to pay a civil penalty of $125,000 for violating the federal Clean Water Act by damaging wetlands during the construction of the Provident Bank Park in Pomona, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, has announced.
Bharara said that the town of Ramapo has entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over violations of environmental laws. During construction works for the new minor-league baseball stadium, wetlands were filled before the town applied for a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. When eventually Ramapo was issued a permit, it failed to comply with the requirement to create new wetlands and instead kept on discharging more fill material in violation of its permit, the U.S. Attorney explained.
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These actions were serious violations of the laws protecting the nation's wetlands, Bharara said, adding that all municipalities that fail to comply with environmental laws will be held responsible for their activities.
Apart from the civil penalty, Ramapo will also have to create about 2.2 acres of new wetlands to replace the ones it had filled in during the construction of the stadium, under the terms of the settlement.