The Department is reaching a settlement through a long form consent order. This order includes a civil penalty of $4,750.00 and the option of stipulated penalties up to $1,000.00 per day, per violation. 0.18 Federal and State Freshwater Forested Mitigation Credits have already been purchased as part of the Consent Order to offset the functional loss of the impacted wetland areas. Additionally, the order requires Respondent to apply and obtain a State 404 and Environmental Resource Post Enforcement Permit. Restoration as well as Maintenance and Monitoring will be required for impacted wetland areas of which will not be permitted or authorized. If Respondent fails to complete restoration and corrective actions within the specified timeframes, Respondent will have to restore all impacted wetland areas.
The applicant proposes a new Limited Access tolled expressway to be designed, constructed, and maintained by CFX. The 516-238 project segment is one of three segments associated to the Lake-Orange Connector (SR 516), which will be a new corridor beginning at the Lake/Orange County line. The entire project occurs within the CFX right of way (ROW). The total amount of wetland and surface water impacts includes 26.71 acres of direct impacts and 7.13 acres of secondary impacts to Alluvial Streams and Basin Marsh (FNAI). All wetland impacts are being mitigated for through the purchase of 18.39 Federal wetland credits impact from Reedy Creek Mitigation Bank.
The applicant proposes to construct a new 74.5-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic energy facility on agricultural lands to benefit the future demand of Osceola County. The Storey Bend Solar Energy Center will consist of solar photovoltaic panels mounted on fixed arrays with inverters, transformers, a collector substation, and unpaved maintenance pathways. The total amount of wetland impacts equates to 1.10 acres to Dome Swamp and Basin Marsh. All wetland impacts are being mitigated for through the purchase of 0.84 Federal wetland credits impact from TM Econ Mitigation Bank.
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