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“Dear PoPville,

I was just subjected to a DOEE Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) review, even though I am doing a project that is exempted under Section 541 541.1(b), for projects under $9,290.38. I am going to install a permeable paving parking pad that they priced at $5800 (diy $2900, structural marked it up to market). They are trying to do away with this rule even though it is an obvious carve-out for new concrete parking pads, for which I was recently quoted $9000. Furthermore, they are collecting review and excavation fees to which they are not entitled under this exemption. Interesting no? I wonder how many people build illegally because of this rule? How much money have they collected?”


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