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                 U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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CONTACT: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218

For Immediate Release
No. 03-OPA160

EPA settles with CCMS Associates and William Montgomery for destroying
Sault Ste. Marie wetlands

CHICAGO (Oct. 3, 2003) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
has settled with CCMS Associates Inc. and William E. Montgomery for
allegedly illegally filling in 9 acres of wetlands near the intersection
of Marquette Avenue and Seymour Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. They
will pay a $30,000 fine and must  construct  18.5 acres of replacement
wetlands by September 2004.

EPA alleged that in 1997, without first obtaining a permit, CCMS and
Montgomery filled in wetlands near drains that lead to Mission Creek that
flows into St. Mary's River, identified by EPA as an impaired waterway.

Wetlands are environmentally valuable because they filter pollutants from
water, recharge water supplies, reduce flood risks and provide fish and
wildlife habitat. Wetlands include marshes, swamps, bogs and similar areas
between water and dry land.

About EPA
Founded in 1970, EPA is responsible for protecting the environment and
human health. The Agency enforces air, water and land laws and ensures
that designated health standards are met. EPA Region 5 includes six Great
Lakes states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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