Mon., December 12, 2011 6:27pm (EST)

Georgia Agency Agrees To Pay Millions
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA, Ga.  —  
Highway construction went wrong North Georgia, according to federal officials.  The Georgia Department of Transportation and a Tennessee company have agreed to pay millions of dollars.  (photo Alex Pope)
Highway construction went wrong North Georgia, according to federal officials. The Georgia Department of Transportation and a Tennessee company have agreed to pay millions of dollars. (photo Alex Pope)
Federal officials say the Georgia Department of Transportation and a Tennessee construction company have agreed to pay one of the largest fines in the history of the federal Clean Water Act.

The fine settles possible violations during highway expansion projects.

US Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency officials say, the Tennesse company and the Georgia agency will pay $1.5 million in penalties and spend $1.3 million more to resolve environmental issues.

Federal officials say the state allowed the company to dump excess soil and rock into seven primary trout streams in northeast Georgia for three years ending in 2007.

The Tennessee company is Wright Brothers Construction Co. of Charleston, Tenn.


Contributors: Associated Press contributed to this report.