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GDOT, Tenn. company to pay clean water fines

ATLANTA (AP) — 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 for possible violations during highway expansion projects.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that Wright Brothers Construction Co. of Charleston, Tenn., and Georgia's transportation department have agreed to pay $1.5 million in penalties and spend more than $1.3 million 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 between 2004 and 2007.

A GDOT spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment. Officials with Wright Brothers also did not return a call for comment.