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State cites former Flint water service line contractor for soil erosion at old dump site

FLINT, MI – A former contractor that excavated water service lines in Flint has been cited by the state for not having a soil erosion and sediment control permit for property it owns in the city, a site that was used to dump construction waste.



a train traveling down train tracks near a forest: The state of Michigan has cited former Flint water service line contractor WT Stevens for a dumping ground in the city that was created without a permit. The dumping ground is seen here on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 on Flint's north side.


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The state of Michigan has cited former Flint water service line contractor WT Stevens for a dumping ground in the city that was created without a permit. The dumping ground is seen here on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 on Flint’s north side.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy notified W.T. Stevens Construction Inc. of its violation of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act for its property in the area of Premier Street and East Mott Avenue, just east of Horton Avenue, in a Sept. 30 letter. That’s near I-475 and East Pierson Road on the city’s north side.



a tree in a forest: The state of Michigan has cited former Flint water service line contractor WT Stevens for a dumping ground in the city that was created without a permit. The dumping ground is seen here on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 on Flint's north side.


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The state of Michigan has cited former Flint water service line contractor WT Stevens for a dumping ground in the city that was created without a permit. The dumping ground is seen here on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 on Flint’s north side.

The company was awarded contracts worth more than $27 million to replace lead and galvanized water service lines in Flint starting in 2017.

For most of this year, the company and the city have been locked in disagreements over the condition of the former dump site, and in August and September, the Genesee County Drain Commissioner’s Office also issued notices of violation for the company’s property, alleging it failed to obtain a soil erosion and sediment control permit and to adequately install and maintain erosion and sediment control on site.



a person sitting on a rock: The state of Michigan has cited former Flint water service line contractor WT Stevens for a dumping ground in the city that was created without a permit. The dumping ground is seen here on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 on Flint's north side.


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NTPC transports coal dump to railway siding amid protest | Ranchi News

Hazaribag/Ranchi: The management of NTPC’s Pakri-Barwadih coal project in Hazaribag’s Barkagaon block on Wednesday began transporting their mined coal to the nearest railway siding under heavy police protection after a section of their coal dump caught fire on October 2 after being exposed to heat for more than 36 days.
Mining of coal and its transportation from the project has been stalled since September 1 as residents of the villages displaced and affected by the project’s land acquisition have been protesting for higher compensation, led by Barkagaon MLA Amba Prasad.
After the fire was detected by NTPC authorities on October 2, district administration intervened, Hazaribag DC Aditya Kumar Anand said. “Of the eight coal pits where the mined coal is stored before transportation, three caught fire as they were exposed to surface heat because they were lying in the open for a month as the agitation had stopped coal transportation entirely,” Anand added.
Alongside Hazaribag SP Karthik S, his counterparts from Koderma, Chatra and Ramgarh arrived at the project site around 7am on Wednesday with over 1,000 policemen to ensure that the 8,500-odd displaced people (raiyyats), who come from 17 panchayats, do not obstruct the transportation. The SPs from the nearby districts were pressed into action by DIG (North Chotanagpur) A V Homkar to avoid a flare-up similar to the one that happened in 2016, where police firing had killed four demonstrators.
“We had no other alternative as the fire, which had started in one of the coal pits, could potentially become disastrous for the locality, the project and the underground coal reserves,” DC Anand said.
As per estimates of NTPC, around 5.5 lakh metric ton of coal worth Rs 55 crore was lying in open pits since September 1 as locals blocked the transportation of mineral to its nearest
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