The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency released news Thursday detailing a $741,000 civil penalty against Pennsylvania-based homebuilder Toll Brothers Inc.
The fine resolves alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at various construction sites nationwide, including Minnesota.
Toll Brothers will also invest in a company-wide stormwater compliance program to improve employee training and increase management oversight at current and future developments, the news release said. The company must also monitor stormwater runoff at its sites.
Polluted runoff from construction sites can affect drinking water quality and damage aquatic habitats.
EPA says the settlement will prevent "millions of pounds of sediment" from entering U.S. waterways every year.
The government's complaint alleges over 600 stormwater violations discovered during site inspections and by reviewing documents submitted by the company.
Maryland and Virginia have joined the settlement and will receive a portion of the $741,000 penalty. The settlement includes Toll Brothers sites in 23 states, including Minnesota. The news release did not name specific sites in Minnesota.
Janet Moore covers commercial real estate at the Star Tribune.