Development Company Denies it's Polluting Norfork Area Waters

SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 - Posted at 7:39 a.m. CDT

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - A Yellville company accused by state officials of allowing runoff from construction at a residential development to pollute the North Fork of the White River says the accusation isn't true.

Homeport Land Company is developing the 100-acre Overlook Estates in Baxter County near the Norfork Dam.  The company has filed a response to a lawsuit in Baxter County Circuit Court.  The original suit was filed by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

The ADEQ seeks a court order to stop the company from working on the subdivision until Homeport controls water runoff from the site.  The agency said Homeport had not complied with an emergency order requiring it to stop the runoff.  The lawsuit also asks the company to install effective erosion control and to pay civil penalties for the investigation costs and damage to natural resources.

But Homeport owner Benny Doyal said he had spent more than $160,000 to comply with the emergency order.

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