Feds fine homebuilders for water pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency said four of the nation's largest homebuilders will pay a total of $4.3 million in fines for failing to control runoff at construction sites.

Tennessee is one of seven states involved in the settlement with Centex Homes of Dallas; Pulte Homes of Bloomfield, Mich.; KB Home of Los Angeles; and M.D.C. Holdings of Denver.

The settlements are part of a nationwide crackdown by the EPA to find storm water violations at construction sites.

EPA documents show Centex agreed to pay Tennessee $14,000 and Pulte will pay the state $7,000 under terms of the settlement.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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