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Hoover church could face fine in construction dispute

Randy Harper says the runoff is ruining his lake. Source: WBRC Randy Harper says the runoff is ruining his lake. Source: WBRC
HOOVER, AL (WBRC) -

A church in Hoover could face a $12,000 fine for a construction project that is allegedly damaging a man's property.

Shelby County resident Randy Harper says he's had a problem with Riverchase United Methodist church for two years. He claims the church's construction is ruining his property.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management already shut down construction once because it caused soil and sediment runoff in Harper's lake.

The agency shut the construction site down in 2011 because there was not enough being done to stop sediment runoff and erosion. After the church hired a new construction company, ADEM allowed some work to resume. But in August an inspection found there are still issues.

Harper says he is frustrated because he signed a contract with church leaders that said they would fix his lake by March of this year.

ADEM has proposed a $12,000 fine against the church, but they will not enforce it until the public has 30 days to comment. The public comment period begins Oct. 10, according to an ADEM official.

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