ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage asphalt company has agreed to pay $10,000 and donate 37 acres to settle charges arising from its contamination of wetlands near Homer.
Quality Asphalt Paving Inc. was responsible for incidents in 1997 and 1998 in which rock waste and construction debris found their way into a large wetland that drains into Kachemak Bay.
The contamination violated the federal Clean Water Act.
The company had been awarded a contract by the state to improve four miles of the Sterling Highway just west of Homer.
It set up a waste dump at the top of a bluff next to a scenic overview, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA had warned the contractor that the bluff was unstable.
Over the winter, snow and rain caused the bluff to start sloughing away, and fill material wound up in about three acres of wetlands.
Besides the fine, the company would transfer its property, including the wetlands, to the state parks division.
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