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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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2005 Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

Respondent Description Type of Order Date
E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company Settlement EPA settles PFOA case against DuPont for largest administrative civil penalty On December 14, 2005, EPA forwarded to the Environmental Appeals Board (Board) a settlement with E.I du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) for the largest civil administrative penalty EPA has ever obtained under any federal environmental statute.   Consent Agreement   12/14/2005
DaimlerChrysler Corporation Settlement The U.S. Department of Justice and the EPA announced a $94 million settlement with DaimlerChrysler Corporation (Chrysler) regarding defective catalytic converters on nearly 1.5 million Jeep and Dodge vehicles from model years 1996 through 2001, and defective on-board diagnostic systems on some of those vehicles.   Consent Decree   12/21/2005
City of Nashua CWA Consent Decree (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree to the City of Nashua.   Consent Decree   11/27/2005
Cargill, Inc. Clean Air Act Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice and the announced a multi-state Clean Air Act settlement with Cargill, Inc., which will result in a reduction of approximately 30,000 tons of pollution a year and set new standards for limiting harmful emissions from specialty oilseed plants. Cargill is a multi-state agribusiness that owns and operates 27 plants processing corn, wheat, soybeans, and other oilseeds into value-added products used in the food, feed, and ethanol industries.   Consent Decree   9/1/2005
Cosmed Clean Air Enforcement Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice reached the first nationwide settlement of a Clean Air Act enforcement action for violations of the federal standards for ethylene oxide emissions from sterilization facilities. Cosmed Group, Inc., (Cosmed), headquartered in Jamestown, R.I., which sterilizes products for the food and medical industries, will pay a $500,000 civil penalty and spend an additional $1 million to perform supplemental environmental projects that will improve air quality in urban areas.   Consent Decree   8/18/2005
Giant Petroleum Refinery Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announced on August 4, 2005 a settlement agreement regarding alleged violations at two Giant Industries facilities in northwestern New Mexico: the Bloomfield Refinery in Bloomfield and the Ciniza Refinery near Gallup. Giant will pay a $250,000 penalty and spend $600,000 on four approved supplemental environmental projects expected to reduce harmful air emissions by almost 3,000 tons per year.   Consent Decree   8/4/2005
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Clean Water Settlement WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Department of the Environment today announced two major Clean Water Act settlements with Baltimore County and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), that are anticipated to lead to more than $1 billion in sewer system improvements.   Consent Decree   7/26/2005
Baltimore County Clean Water Settlement WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Department of the Environment today announced two major Clean Water Act settlements with Baltimore County and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), that are anticipated to lead to more than $1 billion in sewer system improvements.   Consent Decree   7/26/2005
FORMOSA PLASTICS CORPORATION WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) today announced that Formosa Plastics Corporation (Formosa) has settled a joint federal–state lawsuit over excess vinyl chloride emissions and other violations of federal and state environmental laws at Formosa’s facility in Delaware City, Delaware. In settlement papers filed today in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, Formosa has agreed to take several steps to comply with environmental regulations, pay a $450,000 penalty, and take additional measures to reduce vinyl chloride emissions, including an $840,000 project that exceeds federal and state legal requirements.   Consent Decree   6/28/2005
Valero Eagle Petroleum Refinery Settlement The U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced comprehensive Clean Air Act settlements with petroleum refinery Valero that are expected to reduce harmful air emissions by more than 20,000 tons per year from 14 refineries in six states.   Consent Decree   6/16/2005
Sunoco Petroleum Refinery Settlement The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a comprehensive Clean Air Act settlement with petroleum refiner Sunoco that is expected to reduce harmful air emissions by more than 24,000 tons per year from four refineries in three states. The agreement will bring nearly 65 percent of domestic refining capacity into compliance with the law.   Consent Decree   6/16/2005
Volkswagen of America Clean Air Act Settlement On June 15, 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced a major Clean Air Act settlement with Volkswagen of America, Inc., to resolve Volkswagen's failure to promptly notify EPA and correct defective oxygen sensors on at least 329,000 of their 1999, 2000 and 2001 Golfs, Jettas and New Beetles.   Consent Decree   6/15/2005
Illinois Power Settlement (Washington, D.C.- March 7, 2005) The Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the State of Illinois announced the settlement of their major Clean Air Act case alleging that Illinois Power Company and its successor, Dynegy Midwest Generation, violated the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act at the Baldwin Power Station in Baldwin, Ill.   Consent Decree   3/7/2005
Conoco Phillips Global Refinery Settlement The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have completed a comprehensive Clean Air Act settlement with ConocoPhillips that is expected to reduce harmful air emissions by more than 47,000 tons per year from nine U.S. petroleum refineries in seven states that represent nearly 10 percent of total refining capacity in the United States.   Consent Decree   1/27/2005
Airline Drinking Water Enforcement EPA is responsible for ensuring the safety of drinking water in the United States under the Safe Drinking Water Act. This includes drinking water on aircraft. In 2004, EPA randomly tested the drinking water on 327 U.S. and foreign flag aircraft from different airlines at 19 airports around the country.     12/14/2005
Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky Clean Water Settlement WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced they have reached a comprehensive Clean Water Act settlement with the Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky.     10/7/2005
Hawaii Department of Transportation Clean Water Settlement HONOLULU - The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Hawaii Department of Health have reached an agreement with the Hawaii Department of Transportation that requires the department to pay a $1 million penalty and spend an estimated $50 million to address Clean Water Act storm water violations at highways and airports in Hawaii.     10/6/2005
Clean Harbors Clean Air Act Settlement The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Clean Harbors Environmental Services that is expected to enhance calculating and reporting on benzene emissions from North America's largest operator of hazardous waste treatment and disposal facilities.     9/13/2005
Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 24, 2005) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice and the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet jointly announced a comprehensive Clean Water Act settlement with the Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District.     4/25/2005

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