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Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

Currently available civil cases are listed below. Each case has a brief description and a link to detailed information about the case.

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2001 Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

Respondent Description Type of Order Date
Montana Refining Company Civil Judicial Settlement The settlement announced on December 20, 2001 commits three refining properties owned by Navajo Refining Company, L.P. And Montana Refining Company ("The Companies") to an ambitious program to assure compliance with major provisions of the Clean Air Act.   Consent Decree   12/20/2001
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
TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc. Hazardous Waste Settlement In agreements with the U.S. Government and the State of Arizona that were announced on January 18, 2001, TRW 's Vehicle Safety Systems Inc. resolved charges that it violated hazardous waste laws at its airbag manufacturing plant in Queen Creek, AZ under a civil settlement and criminal plea agreement. The Criminal Plea Agreement and Consent Decree call for payment of $17.6 million in fines for failure to manage hazardous wastes in accordance with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulatory requirements.   Consent Decree   11/18/2001
City of Baton Rouge and Baton Rouge Parrish, Louisiana Sewer Overflow Settlement On Tuesday, November 13, 2001, the United States and the State of Louisiana announced a civil settlement with the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. The settlement will end years of sewage overflows and long-standing violations of the Clean Water Act.   Consent Decree   11/13/2001
Monongahela Power Company (dba Allegheny Power Company) Civil Settlement On November 13, 2001, the U.S. Government settled a federal lawsuit against Monongahela Power Company (doing business as Allegheny Power) for Clean Water Act violations related to a 19,000-gallon oil spill after a 1998 explosion at the company's Belmont substation in Williw Island, Pleasants County, West Virginia.   Consent Decree   11/13/2001
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
Lee Brass Company, Inc. Hazardous Waste Judicial Settlement On September 26, 2001, a consent decree was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Alabama for settlement of a judicial action against Lee Brass Company, Inc., Anniston, Alabama, for alleged violations of RCRA. The Complaint alleged illegal treatment of hazardous waste foundry sand in the sand reclamation unit without a permit, illegal storage of the sand, disposal in violation of Land Disposal Restriction lead standards, preparedness and prevention violations, training violations, and container management violations.   Consent Decree   9/26/2001
Premcor Refining Group, Inc. Refinery Settlement The Justice Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Illinois on July 12, 2001 announced an agreement with The Premcor Refining Group Inc. that will significantly reduce harmful air pollution, including more than 4,700 tons of sulfur dioxide annually, from Premcor's petroleum refinery in Hartford, Ill.   Consent Decree   7/12/2001
Amtrak Water Pollution Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department on June 28, 2001 announced that Amtrak, the nation's largest passenger rail operator, has signed an agreement to carry out environmental audits at its facilities nationwide and undertake other environmental improvements, including projects to restore wetlands and reduce PCBs in locomotive transformers. The agreement settles claims that Amtrak violated numerous requirements of the Clean Water Act, including its storm water provisions, at nine Amtrak sites in New England.   Consent Decree   6/28/2001
Air Liquide America Corporations Settlement The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on June 21, 2001 announced a groundbreaking Clean Air Act settlement with Air Liquide America Corporation to replace refrigerant chemicals that destroy the earth's stratospheric ozone layer with environmentally friendly alternatives.   Consent Decree   6/21/2001
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) Settleme The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department on June 28, 2001 announced that Amtrak, the nation's largest passenger rail operator, has signed an agreement to carry out environmental audits at its facilities nationwide and undertake other environmental improvements, including projects to restore wetlands and reduce PCBs in locomotive transformers. The agreement settles claims that Amtrak violated numerous requirements of the Clean Water Act, including its storm water provisions, at nine Amtrak sites in New England.   Consent Decree   6/18/2001
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Water Pollution Settlement Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is the first national company that the federal government has taken an enforcemnt action against for multi-state violations of the storm water regulations. Also included in the action are 10 of the store's contractors.   Consent Decree   6/7/2001
Fort Lewis, Washington, Underground Storage Tanks Settlement In a settlement with the U.S. EPA announced on May 21, 2001 the U.S. Army has agreed to pay $60,000 in penalties and will perform at least $200,000 in Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs). This is part of a settlement involving violations of the underground storage tank (UST) requirements at Fort Lewis, Washington. The Army also agreed to remove a number of unregulated heating oil tanks and, if contamination is found during the removals, to clean up the contamination. EPA filed the complaint against the Army in September, 2000, after a 1999 UST inspection at the facility.   Consent Decree   5/21/2001
Marathon Ashland Refinery Settlement On May 11, 2001, EPA and the Justice Department announced an environmental agreement with Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC that is expected to reduce air emissions from seven petroleum refineries by more than 23,000 tons per year and assure complliance with the Clean Air Act.   Consent Decree   5/11/2001
Equilon Enterprises Settlement On March 21, 2001, EPA and the Department of Justice announced a settlement that commits nine refineries owned by Motiva, Equilon, and the Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership (Shell Deer Park) to an ambitious program to assure compliance with major provisions of the Clean Air Act. The companies expect to spend a total of $400 million over eight years to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by an estimated 8,000 tons per year, sulfur dioxide (SO2) by more than 49,550 tons per year, and particulate matter (PM) by 1,300 tons per year.   Consent Decree   3/21/2001
Motiva Enterprises Refinery Settlement On March 21, 2001, EPA and the Department of Justice announced a settlement that commits nine refineries owned by Motiva, Equilon, and the Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership (Shell Deer Park) to an ambitious program to assure compliance with major provisions of the Clean Air Act.   Consent Decree   3/21/2001
Deer Park Refining Settlement On March 21, 2001, EPA and the Department of Justice announced a settlement that commits nine refineries owned by Motiva, Equilon, and the Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership (Shell Deer Park) to an ambitious program to assure compliance with major provisions of the Clean Air Act. The companies expect to spend a total of $400 million over eight years to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by an estimated 8,000 tons per year, sulfur dioxide (SO2) by more than 49,550 tons per year, and particulate matter (PM) by 1,300 tons per year.   Consent Decree   3/21/2001
BP Amoco Civil Judicial Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized an agreement with BP Amoco, the nation's second largest petroleum refinery, to resolve Clean Air Act violations at eight refineries owned by BP, Amoco and Arco (recently acquired by BP). The settlement is the second in a federal enforcement strategy for achieving across-the-board compliance with U.S. refineries (the government settled with Koch Petroleum Group in December).   Consent Decree   1/19/2001
Conoco, Inc. Refinery Civil Judicial Settlement The settlement announced on December 20, 2001 commits four refineries owned by Conoco Inc. ("Conoco") to an ambitious program to assure compliance with major provisions of the Clean Air Act. The Companies expect to spend more than $110 million over eight years to reduce emissions by nearly 8,000 tons per year.     12/20/2001
ExxonMobil Corporation Hazardous Waste Settlement U.S. EPA announced the settlement of one of the largest hazardous wastes cases in history with the filing of a consent decree on December 13, 2001 of a case filed against Mobil Oil Corporation. The case alleged mismanagement of benzene-contaminated waste at Port Mobil, a major petroleum storage and distribution terminal on Authur Kill at Staten Island, New York. Benzene, a known human carcinogen, became a regulated hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in 1990     12/13/2001

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