MOSELEY, Va. — The company behind a 2,000-acre (809-hectare) housing development and golf course in Virginia has been fined for violating permits governing construction in wetlands and sediment discharges.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch cites the state Department of Environmental Quality, which levied a more than $56,000 fine, saying developer 6801 Woolridge Road-Moseley LP conducted unauthorized activities that affected wetlands in the construction of the Magnolia Green development.

A submitted permit modification would allow the develop to fill wetlands and streambeds to build roads and utility infrastructure, which would affect the wetlands and stream draining into Blackman Creek in the James River watershed.

Company Vice President Thomas Dixon Page says they were operating under an understanding with former Army Corps of Engineers and DEQ staff that they could tweak plans as long as the amount of affected land didn’t change.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com