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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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2002 Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

Respondent Description Type of Order Date
Tanknology - NDE, International, Inc. Criminal Plea On October 30, 2002, Tanknology - NDE, International, Inc. was sentenced in federal district court in Austin, Texas to pay a criminal fine of $1 million and pay restitution of $1.29 million to the United States for the costs of the potential retesting of underground storage tanks that the company had falsely tested. In addition, Tanknology will serve five years probation. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Tanknology will implement a quality management system to ensure that false and improper testing practices do not occur again.     10/30/2002
Agra Resources Cooperative (Exol), Albert Lea, MN In 2002, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began investigating a suspected pattern of noncompliance with the Prevention of Serious Deterioration/ New Source Review (PSD/NSR) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) within the ethanol industry.   Consent Decree   10/2/2002
Agri-Energy, L.L.C., Luverne, MN In 2002, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began investigating a suspected pattern of noncompliance with the Prevention of Serious Deterioration/ New Source Review (PSD/NSR) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) within the ethanol industry.The Clean Air Act's NSR program requires a source to install pollution controls and undertake other pre-construction obligations to control air pollution emissions.   Consent Decree   10/2/2002
Central Minnesota Ethanol Cooperative, Little Falls, MN In 2002, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began investigating a suspected pattern of noncompliance with the Prevention of Serious Deterioration/ New Source Review (PSD/NSR) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) within the ethanol industry.The Clean Air Act's NSR program requires a source to install pollution controls and undertake other pre-construction obligations to control air pollution emissions.   Consent Decree   10/2/2002
Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC), Benson, MN In 2002, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began investigating a suspected pattern of noncompliance with the Prevention of Serious Deterioration/ New Source Review (PSD/NSR) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) within the ethanol industry.The Clean Air Act's NSR program requires a source to install pollution controls and undertake other pre-construction obligations to control air pollution emissions.   Consent Decree   10/2/2002
Diversified Energy Co., LLC Clean Air Act Ethanol Settlement In 2002, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began investigating a suspected pattern of noncompliance with the Prevention of Serious Deterioration/ New Source Review (PSD/NSR) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) within the ethanol industry.   Consent Decree   10/2/2002
Ethanol 2000 CAA Ethanol Settlement In 2002, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began investigating a suspected pattern of noncompliance with the Prevention of Serious Deterioration/ New Source Review (PSD/NSR) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) within the ethanol industry.   Consent Decree   10/2/2002
Gopher State Ethanol CAA Settlement In 2002, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began investigating a suspected pattern of noncompliance with the Prevention of Serious Deterioration/ New Source Review (PSD/NSR) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) within the ethanol industry.   Consent Decree   10/2/2002
Heartland Corn Products Ethanol CAA Settlement In 2002, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began investigating a suspected pattern of noncompliance with the Prevention of Serious Deterioration/ New Source Review (PSD/NSR) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) within the ethanol industry.   Consent Decree   10/2/2002
Minnesota Energy Ethanol CAA Settlement In 2002, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began investigating a suspected pattern of noncompliance with the Prevention of Serious Deterioration/ New Source Review (PSD/NSR) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) within the ethanol industry.   Consent Decree   10/2/2002
Pro-Corn LLC Ethanol CAA Settlement In 2002, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began investigating a suspected pattern of noncompliance with the Prevention of Serious Deterioration/ New Source Review (PSD/NSR) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) within the ethanol industry.   Consent Decree   10/2/2002
ExxonMobil Oil Corporation Clean Water Act Settlement The EPA, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the California Department of Fish and Game announced a settlement under which Exxonmobil Oil Corporation will pay the U.S. and the State of California $4.7 million in compensation for a spill of crude oil from a pipeline operated by the former Mobil Oil Company.   Consent Decree   9/24/2002
Caterpillar Inc. Consent Decree Modification Request Court Decision On October 22, 1998, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced an $83.4 million total penalty against diesel manufacturers, the largest civil penalty ever for violation of environmental law. Under this settlement, seven major manufacturers of diesel engines will spend more than one billion dollars to resolve claims that they installed computer devices in heavy duty diesel engines which resulted in illegal amounts of air pollution emissions.     9/6/2002
Power Engineering Company - Favorable EPA RCRA Case Decision On September 4, 2002, the 10th Circuit upheld EPA's authority to bring enforcement actions for violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in states with authorized hazardous waste management programs (U.S. v. Power Engineering Co., No. 01-1217 (Sept. 4, 2002)). The court also found that EPA' s enforcement action was not barred by res judicata, because EPA and a state with an authorized hazardous waste management program are not in privity unless EPA pulls a "laboring oar" in the state's enforcement action.     9/4/2002
Borough of Indiana CWA Consent Decree (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree to the Borough of Indiana.   Consent Decree   6/17/2002
City of Baltimore, Maryland Sewer Overflow Settlement The Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Maryland on April 26, 2002, announced a joint settlement with the City of Baltimore that addresses continuning hazards posed by hundreds of illegal wastewater discharges of raw sewage from Baltimore's wastewater collection system.     4/26/2002
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
Ferro Corporation On March 18, 2002, the Justice Department, the EPA, the State of Indiana and the City of Hamond, Indiana entered into a $3 million settlement of claims against Ferro Corporation for the company's violations of the federal and state "new source review" provisions of the Clean Air Act and of state and local ordinances.   Consent Decree   3/18/2002
Boise Cascade Corporation Wood Products Settlement The U.S. Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced on March 13, 2002 a comprehensive Clean Air Act (CAA) agreement with wood products industry giant Boise Cascade Corporation that will require reductions of up to 95 percent of the harmful emissions from the company's eight plywood and particle board plants.   Consent Decree   3/13/2002
City of Youngstown, Ohio Sewer Overflow Settlement The Justice Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the State of Ohio announced a settlement with the City of Youngstown on Tuesday, March 5, 2002, that will reduce and perhaps eliminate long-standing and significant raw sewage discharges from its combined sewer system.   Consent Decree   3/5/2002
Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation Judicial Settlement A federal district court has ordered Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation to pay the second highest penalty that a judge has awarded to the United States after trial under the Clean Water Act (CWA) since the law was passed in 1972.     2/19/2002
City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio Sewer Overflow Settlement The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency together with the State of Ohio Attorney General and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced a partial settlement with the Board of Commissioners of Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati that will set the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) on a course to eliminate long-standing and significant sewage discharges from the sanitary sewer system.   Consent Decree   2/15/2002
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
City of Mobile, Alabama, Civil Judicial Settlement The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Alabama announced on January 24, 2002 a major Clean Water Act settlement involving the Water and Sewer Board of the City of Mobile, AL, for violations of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. Mobile Bay Watch, Inc., a local citizens' group, is also a party in the settlement.   Consent Decree   1/24/2002
Murphy Oil Refining Company Settlement The Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney's office in Madison, Wisconsin, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Wisconsin Department of Justice on January 24, 2002 announced a settlement with Murphy Oil USA, Inc., which will dramatically cut sulfur dioxide ("SO2") emissions from the company's Superior, WI refinery.   Consent Decree   1/24/2002
Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCIO) Lead Paint Disclosure Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entered into the broadest lead disclosure settlement ever with one of the nation's largest property management firms, the Denver-based Apartment Investment and Management Co. (AIMCO). Residents living in more than 130,000 apartments in 47 states and Washington, DC, will live in lead-safe units as a result of this landmark settlement.   Consent Agreement   1/16/2002
Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO) Civil Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entered into the broadest lead disclosure settlement ever with one of the nation's largest property management firms, the Denver-based Apartment Investment and Management Co. (AIMCO). Residents living in more than 130,000 apartments in 47 states and Washington, DC, will live in lead-safe units as a result of this landmark settlement.   Consent Decree   1/16/2002

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