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Civil Penalty Assessment

Civil penalties are fines assessed against a responsible party for violation(s) of environmental regulations.  North Carolina General Statute 143-214.5(c) requires that specific assessment factors be considered to determine the penalty amount.

If you have received a civil penalty assessment from the NC Division of Water Resources, within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of this notice, you must do one of the following three options:

  1. Submit payment of the penalty, OR
  2. File a request for remission of civil penalties, OR
  3. File a written petition with the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Failure to exercise one of the above three options within thirty (30) calendar days of your receipt of these documents will result in the matter being referred to the Attorney General's Office with a request to initiate a civil action to collect the penalty.

View the NPS Compliance Program's Compliance Pathway   to follow a typical case from Inspection/NOV to Enforcement

 

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