The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) issued 116 fines in fiscal 2013 for a total of $1.9 million. The amount of the fines is about average, down a little from 132 fines for $2 million in 2012. Of the fines in fiscal 2013 – spanning from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013 – 54 involved land use. The rest were split among water, air and field operation issues. While land use is the busiest category, water violations often lead to more costly fines. According to records requested and received by Al.com, these are the top five fines of fiscal 2013:
The mission at ADEM, under Alabama law, is to protect and improve the quality of our state’s environment and the health of all its citizens. The agency has an Air Division, a Water Division and a Land Division, among others. Each has specific duties and responsibilities. ADEM must to be diligent and effective in doing its job.
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