Newton man fined $50K after alleged illegal dumping in Kansas streams

Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 12:21 PM CST
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LENEXA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Newton man has been fined $50,000 after he allegedly illegally dumped debris into two Kansas streams.

The Environmental Protection Agency says a landowner in Newton, Stan Jost, will pay $50,000 in civil penalties to resolve allegations that he violated the federal Clean Water Act.

According to the EPA, Jost dumped felled trees and other debris in about 4,155 feet of Mud Creek and 1,800 feet of Sand Creek in 2021 without a Clean Water Act permit.

“The unauthorized placement of fill material into streams and other water bodies degrades watershed health, increases downstream erosion, and creates a loss of wildlife habitat,” said David Cozad, director of EPA Region 7′s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division. “These acts also deprive downstream landowners and the public from the use and enjoyment of public waters.”

The EPA noted that Jost did remove the materials from the streams in response to the findings.

Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA indicated that residents are barred from dumping fill material into federally protected streams and other bodies of water unless they first get a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. If residents do dump fill into water bodies without a permit, the Corps of Engineers can choose to refer EPA enforcement.

In this case, the EPA said the Crops’ Kansas City District referred the incident to it in January 2022.