MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A settlement has been proposed to resolve water pollution violations at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College’s new campus, the state Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday.
A $9,910 civil administrative penalty would be assessed by the department as part of the final settlement, which is subject to public comments the state receives by March 25, according to a notice from the agency.
John Harris of Bastian & Harris Architects said Thursday the firm does not take exception to the proposed settlement, which would resolve violations of the West Virginia Water Pollution Control Act that occurred last year. Exactly who would pay the fine is not clear, said Harris, who signed the order on Feb. 14 on behalf of the college.
The agency said that Morgan Keller Inc., the project’s general contractor, began moving dirt at the construction site west of Interstate 81 off W.Va. 45 last summer before it received a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from the state.