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Respondent Description Type of Order Date
Merck & Co., Inc. Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced that Merck & Co. has agreed to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws at its pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in Riverside and West Point, Pa.   Complaint   9/28/2011
BP Exploration, Inc. (BPXA) Multimedia Settlement BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. has pleaded guilty to one felony count related to the illegal disposal of hazardous waste on Alaska's North Slope, and it agreed to spend $22 million to resolve the criminal case and related civil claims.   Complaint   9/23/1999
Cingular Wireless and New Cingular Wireless Audit Policy Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced an agreement with New Cingular Wireless to resolve violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA). New Cingular Wireless voluntarily disclosed reporting violations to EPA, which related to the presence of sulfuric acid, diesel, and lead at 642 cellular facilities in 35 states and Puerto Rico, after performing a comprehensive audit of their operations.   Consent Agreement   2/10/2012
Department of the Interior Indian Affairs Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) have reached an agreement to address alleged violations at schools and public water systems (PWSs) owned, operated, or otherwise the legal responsibility of DOI, Indian Affairs (IA). IA is comprised of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).   Consent Agreement   8/22/2011
American Lifan Industry, Inc. An Ontario, California-based vehicle and engine importer has agreed to ensure that future imports meet environmental standards after illegally importing and selling nearly 28,000 highway motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and engines manufactured in China that did not comply with emission limits for harmful pollution required by the Clean Air Act (CAA).   Consent Agreement and Final Order   3/27/2014
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Settlement Walmart has resolved civil violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Appeals Board has approved a Consent Agreement and Final Order between Walmart and EPA requiring the company to take significant actions to ensure future compliance and pay a civil penalty.   Consent Agreement and Final Order   5/28/2013
Kemira Group Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it reached a settlement with two subsidiaries of the Kemira Group for violations of chemical and pesticide laws.   Consent Agreement and Final Order   1/24/2013
AT&T Wireless Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New Cingular Wireless (NCW) have reached an administrative settlement requiring the company to pay a civil penalty of $750,000 and spend $625,000 on environmental projects to resolve alleged reporting, planning and permitting violations at 332 legacy AT&T Wireless (AWS) sites now owned by NCW.   Consent Agreement and Final Order   1/7/2013
Kmart Consent Agreement and Final Order (Washington, D.C. – May 9, 2007) Kmart will pay a $102,422 fine to settle self-disclosed violations of federal environmental regulations discovered at 17 distribution centers in 13 states. The company reported violations of clean water, hazardous waste, and emergency planning and preparedness regulations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If EPA had discovered Kmart’s violations through an inspection, the company would have faced a fine of more than $1.6 million.   Consent Agreement and Final Order   5/9/2007
Kinder Morgan Consent Agreement and Final Order (Washington, D.C. – May 2, 2007) Kinder Morgan Transmix Co. has agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $600,000 to resolve numerous violations of federal air and hazardous waste regulations, including mixing hazardous waste with gasoline.   Consent Agreement and Final Order   5/2/2007
Anadarko Fraud Case Results in Billions for Environmental Cleanups EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an agreement to resolve fraudulent conveyance claims against Kerr-McGee Corporation and related subsidiaries of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Of the environmental-related recovery in this settlement, nearly $2 billion will be paid for cleanup work associated with numerous EPA-lead sites, resulting in the largest bankruptcy-related award that EPA has ever received for environmental claims and liabilities.   Consent Decree   4/3/2014
PCS Geismar (Louisiana) Clean Air Act MACT Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) announced that PCS Nitrogen has agreed to reduce air emissions and hazardous waste generated from phosphoric acid production at its facility in Geismar, La.   Consent Decree   5/23/2013
Dow Chemical Company Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced that Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) at its chemical manufacturing and research complex in Midland, Mich.   Consent Decree   7/29/2011
Motors Liquidation Company (f/k/a General Motors (GM) Corporation) Bankruptcy Settlement: Overview of 2011 Settlement Agreements On March 3, 2011, the Bankruptcy Court approved an additional six settlements between the United States and Motors Liquidation Company (MLC, also known as "Old GM", and formerly known as General Motors Corporation), to settle certain environmental liabilities at six sites under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA, commonly known as Superfund) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). On March 7, 2011, the court approved a seventh settlement resolving environmental claims at 34 non-owned sites under CERCLA, RCRA, and the Clean Air Act (CAA).   Consent Decree   3/3/2011
Doe Run Resources Corporation Settlement Doe Run Resources Corp. of St. Louis, North America’s largest lead producer, has agreed to spend approximately $65 million to correct violations of several environmental laws at 10 of its lead mining, milling and smelting facilities in southeast Missouri, the Justice Department, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today. The settlement also requires the company to pay a $7 million civil penalty.   Consent Decree   10/8/2010
McWane, Inc. Settlement (Washington, DC - July 14, 2010) McWane Inc., a national cast iron pipe manufacturer headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., has agreed to resolve more than 400 violations of federal and state environmental law at 28 of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states as part of a settlement filed in federal court today, the Justice Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the states of Alabama and Iowa announced.   Consent Decree   7/14/2010
Silgan Containers, LLC Settlement Washington, D.C. – June 14, 2010) The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with Silgan Containers that will resolve alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration/New Source Review (PSD/NSR) programs at 18 Silgan can manufacturing facilities across the United States. In October 1999, Silgan commenced a national air audit ("NAA") of the company's compliance with the CAA under an audit agreement with EPA and conducted a review of each facility (originally, a total of 28) on a Region-by-Region basis. Silgan disclosed noncompliance with PSD/NSR and other CAA requirements and voluntarily corrected noncompliance. Silgan disclosed the potential violations to Regions 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10.   Consent Decree   6/14/2010
INVISTA Audit Settlement (Washington, D.C. – April 13, 2009) Invista will pay a $1.7 million civil penalty and spend up to an estimated $500 million to correct self-reported environmental violations discovered at facilities in seven states, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The company disclosed more than 680 violations of water, air, hazardous waste, emergency planning and preparedness, and pesticide regulations to EPA after auditing 12 facilities it acquired from DuPont in 2004.   Consent Decree   4/13/2009
Colorite Specialty Resins Settlement WASHINGTON—Colorite Specialty Resins, headquartered in Somerville, N.J., has agreed to perform corrective measures at its Burlington, N.J., manufacturing facility that will reduce harmful emissions of vinyl chloride to resolve alleged violations of federal and state environmental laws, the Justice Department, the State of New Jersey, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.   Consent Decree   8/19/2008
Equistar Chemicals Settlement (Washington, D.C. - July 19, 2007) Equistar Chemicals LP, headquartered in Houston, Texas, will spend more than $125 million on pollution controls and cleanup to address a myriad of air, water and hazardous waste violations at seven petrochemical plants in Texas, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   7/18/2007
Oxy Vinyls Settlement (Washington, D.C. - June 8, 2006) Citizens in areas of Texas, Kentucky and New Jersey will experience reduced exposure to the known human carcinogen vinyl chloride under a settlement announced today between Oxy Vinyls, LP (Oxy Vinyls) and the United States, the Louisville Metropolitan Air Pollution Control District (LMAPCD), and the State of New Jersey.   Consent Decree   6/8/2006
Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corporation (Transco) Multimedia Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a settlement with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation (Transco), under which the company has agreed to test for and cleanup soil and groundwater contamination related to waste disposal at numerous compressor stations along its natural gas pipeline, which traverses 12 states from Texas to New York. In addition, the company will cleanup polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination, complete a storm water monitoring program, conduct storm water sampling at several compressor stations and pay a $1.4 million civil penalty.   Consent Decree   2/1/2002
Premium Standard Farms (PSF) and Continental Grain Company Civil Settlement On November 19, 2001, the U.S. EPA and the Justice Department announced a civil settlement with the nation's second largest pork producer, Premium Standard Farms (PSF) and Continental Grain Company, Inc. (Continental).   Consent Decree   11/19/2001
Iowa Beef Packers (IBP), Inc. Multimedia Settlement Iowa Beef Packers, Inc. (IBP), the world's largest meatpacker, has agreed to pay the United States $4.1 million in penalties for violating the nation's environmental laws.   Consent Decree   10/12/2001
Nucor Corporation, Inc. Multimedia Settlement Nucor Corporation, Inc. will spend nearly $100 million to settle an environmental suit alleging that it failed to control the amount of pollution released from its steel factories in seven states, under an agreement reached with the Justice Department and EPA. This is the largest and most comprehensive environmental settlement ever with a steel manufacturer.   Consent Decree   12/19/2000
Morton International, Inc. Multimedia Settlement On October 26, 2000, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) entered into a settlement with Morton International Inc. that resolved charges that the chemical company violated several environmental laws at its Moss Point, Miss., facility under a civil settlement and criminal plea agreement. Morton, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rohm and Haas Company based in Philadelphia, agreed to pay a $20 million penalty to be divided equally between the United States and Mississippi under the civil settlement filed in U.S. District Court in Biloxi. This penalty marks the largest-ever civil fine for environmental violations at a single facility.   Consent Decree   10/26/2000
ASARCO, Inc. Mining Corporation Multimedia Settlement On January 23, 1998, the U.S. EPA announced that it reached a settlement agreement with ASARCO, Inc. that requires the national mining and smelting company to invest over $50 million for environmental cleanup and to correct alleged hazardous waste and water pollution violations at two of it facilities in Montana and Arizona. This agreement also marks the first time that a company has agreed to establish a court-enforced environmental management system (EMS) that is applicable at all of its active facilities nationwide -- 38 operating facilities with over 6,000 employees in seven states.   Consent Decree   4/15/1999
Tronox Bankruptcy Settlement Agreement Settlement Agreement to resolve Tronox Incorporated's environmental liabilities with EPA, other federal, state, and local agencies, and the Navajo Nation (collectively, the “Governments”) relating to numerous contaminated sites around the country. Pursuant to the settlement agreement, the Governments will receive, among other consideration, $270 million and 88 percent of Tronox’s interest in a pending fraudulent conveyance litigation.   Settlement Agreement   11/23/2010
Motors Liquidation Company (f/k/a General Motors (GM) Corporation) Bankruptcy Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), and the Unites States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, along with the states of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe announced that Motors Liquidation Corporation (MLC) has agreed to resolve its liabilities at 89 sites in the aforementioned 14 states across the U.S. for approximately $773 million.   Settlement Agreement   10/20/2010
Chemtura Corporation Bankruptcy Settlement Agreement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Justice Department, and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York today announced that Chemtura Corporation has agreed to resolve its liabilities at 17 sites across the U.S. for approximately $26 million. The agreement settles the government’s claims in Chemtura’s bankruptcy case relating to liabilities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA, commonly known as Superfund), and for violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The bankruptcy settlement will fund past and future cleanup costs at Superfund sites across the country.   Settlement Agreement   8/24/2010
American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) Bankruptcy Settlement Bankruptcy settlement with American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO). EPA, along with other federal and state agencies pursued and received $1.79 billion to fund environmental cleanup and restoration under the bankruptcy reorganization.   Settlement Agreement   12/10/2009
Court Decision in Tronox Bankruptcy Fraudulent Conveyance Case Results in Largest Environmental Bankruptcy Award Ever The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York decided against Kerr-McGee Corporation and related companies that are subsidiaries of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in a fraudulent conveyance case. The Court awarded damages between approximately $5.2 billion and $14.2 billion to the plaintiffs, which, even at the low end of the damages range, is the largest amount ever awarded in a bankruptcy proceeding for governmental environmental claims and liabilities.     12/12/2013
City of Vicksburg, Mississippi This is th Consent Agreement and Final Order for City of Vicksburg, Mississippi     7/23/2013
Gasco Energy Gasco Energy, Inc., the former operator of the Riverbend Compressor Station on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation near Vernal, Utah, has agreed to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at the facility by paying a $350,000 penalty and providing for air pollution controls at its facilities in the Uinta Basin.     1/3/2011
Motiva and BP Settlement Agreements (Washington, D.C. – October 5, 2006) As part of ongoing efforts to protect public health by improving compliance with the motor vehicle fuels provisions of the federal Clean Air Act, EPA reached settlements on Sept. 27 with BP Products North America Inc. and with Motiva Enterprises LLC and Equilon Enterprises LLC, d/b/a Shell Oil Products US.     10/5/2006
Seaboard Settlement Washington, D.C. - Under two related settlements, Seaboard Foods LP and PIC USA Inc., will take significant steps at many of their facilities to ensure future compliance with environmental laws and to resolve allegations that the companies contaminated groundwater and surface waters near several of their facilities, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.     9/15/2006
Premcor Refining Group, Inc. (Clark Refining and Marking, Inc.) Multimedia Settlement On April 1, 2002, the Justice Department, the EPA, and the State of Illinois announced a settlement with Premcor Refining Group, Inc. in which Premcor is to pay $6.25 million to resolve claims that it violated five environmental statutes at its Blue Island Refinery in Blue Island, Illinois. The complaint alleged violations of the Clean Air Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Recovery Act; and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act, as well as State of Illinois environmental laws and regulations.     4/1/2002

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