Sprawl-Busters Newsflash Blog - Anti-Sprawl news since 1998.
Subscribe to Sprawl-Busters Blog Follow Sprawl Busters on Twitter
Occupy Walmart & Order Al's Books Movies Newsflash! The Case Against Sprawl Home Towns Not Home Depot Victories Your Battles About Us Contact Us  

recent news

List articles
by the month:

2017
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2016
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2015
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2014
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2013
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2012
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2011
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2010
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2009
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2008
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2007
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2006
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2005
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2004
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2003
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2002
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2001
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

2000
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

1999
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC

1998
JAN FEB MAR
APR MAY JUN
JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC


Search database by text:

2007-06-19
Columbia, MO. Wal-Mart Fined by the EPA---Again

Wal-Mart likes to talk environmental, but it has trouble walking environmental. This week, a well-known developer and contractor were fined $146,833 for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The developer, THF Grindstone Development LLC, which is owned by Stanley Kroenke, who married into the Walton family, and contractor Emery Sapp & Sons were fined for construction violations while building a Wal-Mart Supercenter and shopping center on Grindstone Parkway in Columbia, Missouri. It is fitting that the biggest retailer in America drew the biggest fine of its kind imposed by federal Environmental Protection Agency in Region 7, which includes Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, according to a news release. Between fall of 2005 and spring of 2006, THF provided insufficient erosion controls, causing runoff of concrete and sediment into a tributary of Hinkson Creek. THF and Emery Sapp also built concrete culverts directly into the tributary and its banks without a permit required by the Clean Water Act, which increased erosion in the stream and worsened the water quality in the creek's watershed. In June of 2006, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notified the EPA about the illegal culverts. "During EPA inspection, our inspector documented sediment in the water," said an EPA water enforcement chief for Region 7. "He could actually see sediment from the site in the water." A spokesman for the developer told the Missourian newspaper the construction violations were a result of "some miscommunication." The developer now has to plant trees, shrubs and grasses along the creek to prevent erosion. This repair work will cost around $70,000 for plants along two acres of the creek.

What you can do: The culverts built for the Wal-Mart increased the speed of the stream and made siltation problems worse. "Hinkson is already on the impaired water bodies list for the state of Missouri. And it's listed as polluted by unknown sources," said a spokesman for the Sierra Club. The EPA said construction of the Wal-Mart made the situation at the creek even worse than it already was. The lawyer for the developer told the media, "We just wanted to get this behind us and move forward. And the important thing to remember is that the things were corrected very, very quickly upon discovery." Quick to build, quick to pollute. That seems to be the winning formula. THF Grindstone is an affiliate of St. Louis-based THF Realty, a nationwide commercial development company co-owned by billionaire Stan Kroenke. For more on Wal-Mart's heavy environmental footprint, search Newsflash by "environment."










 
 
"Norman has become the guru of the anti-Wal-Mart movement" ~ 60 Minutes

info@sprawl-busters.com
Strategic Planning ~ Field Operations
Voter Campaigns 
21 Grinnell St, Greenfield ~ MA 01301
(413) 772-6289