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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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2006 Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

Respondent Description Type of Order Date
3M Company Settlement (Washington, D.C. - April 25, 2006) EPA and the 3M Company reached a $1.5 million settlement to resolve reporting violations under the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) that the company voluntarily disclosed to EPA. EPA filed the settlement with the agency''s Environmental Appeals Board today, for their review. 3M voluntarily disclosed all of the violations covered by this settlement under the terms of a TSCA corporate-wide audit agreement. Under the terms of the settlement, 3M neither admitted nor denied that it had violated TSCA and EPA made no substantive determination in all but 10 instances. 3M had previously agreed and subsequently performed a comprehensive management systems review of 28 separate business units and facilities and to determine the compliance status of all TSCA-regulated chemicals and processes. 3M agreed to pay a $1,521,481 penalty for 244 separate counts under TSCA. As a result of the audit, 3M has corrected a number of violations, including failures to notify EPA on new chemicals, late reporting on substantial risk information, and other reporting violations. During the course of the audit, 3M produced valuable, previously unreported information that will help the scientific community to better understand the presence of toxic substances in the environment.   Consent Agreement   4/25/2006
Alabama Power Company Clean Air Settlement Washington, D.C. – The air quality in Alabama and downwind states will improve significantly because the federal government and the state of Alabama are requiring a utility to reduce emissions of two harmful pollutants by 28,000 tons per year. .   Consent Decree   4/25/2006
Bunge North America, Inc. WASHINGTON – A multi-state Clean Air Act (CAA) settlement, reached today with oilseed processor Bunge North America Inc. and three of its subsidiaries, will eliminate more than 2,200 tons of harmful pollution emissions per year when fully implemented. The $13.9 million settlement covers 12 plants in eight states, each of which has joined the United States as a co-plaintiff.   Consent Decree and Complaint   10/26/2006
Cast Iron Pipe Manufacturer, Company Officials Found Guilty of Environmental Crimes and Worker Safety Violations WASHINGTON, D.C. – A New Jersey cast iron pipe manufacturer, Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. (a division of McWane, Inc.) and four company officials were found guilty of committing flagrant abuses of environmental and worker safety laws, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The charges include, among others, the regular discharge of oil into the Delaware River, concealing serious worker injuries from health and safety inspectors, and maintaining a dangerous workplace that contributed to multiple severe injuries and the death of one employee at the Phillipsburg, New Jersey plant.   Criminal Case   4/27/2006
City of Dallas Storm Water Settlement WASHINGTON, D.C. – The City of Dallas, Texas has reached an agreement with the federal government requiring the City to spend in excess of $3.5 million in a comprehensive effort to decrease the amount of pollution entering the city's stormwater system, the Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   5/10/2006
City of Fostoria CWA Consent Decree (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree to the City of Fostoria   Consent Decree   8/28/2006
City of Indianapolis Settlement (Washington, D.C. - November 8, 2010) The Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the state of Indiana have reached an agreement with the city of Indianapolis on important modifications to a 2006 consent decree that will make Indianapolis’ sewer system more efficient, leading to major reductions in sewage contaminated water at a savings to the city of approximately $444 million.   Consent Decree   10/5/2006
Confetti String Clean Air Orders EPA has ordered five national retail chains to pull from their shelves cans of illegally imported confetti string products that contain banned hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). These substances deplete the earth''s protective stratospheric ozone layer and increase the risk of skin cancer. Millions of cans of these novelty items, all imported from China or Taiwan and known by various names such as Zany String, Crazy String, and Party Streamer, have been sold illegally in the United States.     9/5/2006
Dallas Storm water Settlement WASHINGTON, D.C. – The City of Dallas, Texas has reached an agreement with the federal government requiring the City to spend in excess of $3.5 million in a comprehensive effort to decrease the amount of pollution entering the city''s stormwater system, the Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The settlement requires the City to construct two wetlands at an estimated cost of $1.2 million—one along the Trinity River, and one along Cedar Creek near the Dallas Zoo—and to pay a civil penalty of $800,000. Today''s settlement resolves allegations—first made by the federal government in an EPA order issued in February 2004—that the City failed to implement, adequately fund and adequately staff the City''s stormwater management program. Under the agreement, the City is required to fill staff positions, inspect hundreds of industrial facilities and construction sites, and improve management systems at several facilities.   Consent Decree and Complaint

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5/10/2006
Dupont Order on Consent (PDF) This is an Order on Consent for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company   Order on Consent   11/20/2006
Dupont Order on Consent (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act order on consent to Dupont   Order on Consent   11/20/2006
Greater Lawrence Settlement (Boston, Mass., Oct. 31, 2006) – Federal and State environmental officials today announced a sweeping agreement with the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District in northeastern Massachusetts, settling alleged violations of clean water laws and government-issued permits. Under a civil Complaint and Consent Decree simultaneously filed today in U.S. District Court in Boston, the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD) will pay a $254,000 fine and invest in an $18 million sewage treatment plant upgrade. These steps resolve allegations that GLSD’s combined sewer collection system had discharges from “combined sewer overflow” (CSO) outfalls, violating state water quality standards for fecal coliform bacteria, indicating a significant human health risk. Combined sewer overflow discharges generally occur during or after significant rainstorms, when a mixture of storm water and domestic waste exceeds the flow capacity of the combined sewer system, resulting in untreated sewage being released into the environment.   Consent Decree

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10/31/2006
Hartford Clean Water Settlement (Hartford, Conn. – May 11, 2006) – A major settlement involving federal and state regulators and the Hartford-based Metropolitan District (MDC) will significantly reduce illegal discharges of raw sewage into the environment throughout the Hartford, Conn. area from the MDC’s wastewater collection system. Reducing discharges of untreated sewage to local rivers and streams will enhance the fishing and contact recreation opportunities in the Connecticut River for area inhabitants, many of whom are historically disadvantaged.   Consent Decree   5/11/2006
Idaho Transportation Department Settlement WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and contractor Scarsella Brothers, Inc. have agreed to pay $895,000 for violations of the Clean Water Act during the construction of the Bellgrove-Mica realignment of Highway 95 near Lake Coeur d''Alene in Northern Idaho, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   5/3/2006
Mercedes Clean Air Settlement Washington, D.C. - Dec. 21, 2006) Mercedes-Benz will pay $1.2 million in civil penalties to resolve its failure to promptly notify EPA about air pollution control defects on numerous 1998 - 2006 model vehicles. Mercedes must also improve its emissions defect investigation and reporting system to ensure future compliance, at an estimated cost of approximately $1 million per year.   Consent Decree   12/21/2006
Minnkota Power Cooperative and Square Butte Electric Cooperative WASHINGTON, D.C. – The air quality in North Dakota and surrounding regions will improve significantly because the federal government and the state of North Dakota are requiring two utilities to reduce emissions of two harmful pollutants by more than 33,000 tons per year.   Consent Decree   4/24/2006
Mirant Clean Air Settlement WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a joint federal-state settlement, Mirant Mid-Atlantic (Mirant) has agreed to eliminate nearly 29,000 tons of harmful pollution each year generated by its four electricity generating plants in Maryland and Virginia. The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland worked jointly on this enforcement action, which will reduce significantly output of nitrogen oxides (NOx) throughout the region.   Consent Decree   5/8/2006
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
New York City Underground Storage Tank Settlement The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the EPA announced a $1.3 million proposed consent decree with the City of New York involving violations of the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in connection with the city's underground storage tank systems.     1/25/2006
Newly Weds Foods, Inc. Settlement WASHINGTON-In a settlement to reduce the release of ozone-depleting refrigerants into the atmosphere, a Chicago-based national baking company has agreed to stop using ozone-depleting refrigerants, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   5/16/2006
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
PSEG Fossil L.L.C. Civil Judicial Settlement (New York, NY) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice and the State of New Jersey today announced that they have lodged with the court a Clean Air Act (CAA) settlement with PSEG Fossil LLC related to PSEG's failure to comply with a 2002 consent decree requiring installation of pollution controls at its coal-fired power plants in Jersey City and Hamilton, New Jersey. This new settlement, which is subject to court approval, secures additional air pollution reductions, tighter controls, valuable environmental projects and a significant penalty.   Consent Decree   11/30/2006
Pflueger Clean Water Settlement The EPA has reached a settlement of over $7.5 million with James Pflueger over Clean Water Act violations associated with construction activities on Pflueger's property in Hawaii. This is the largest storm water settlement in the United States for violations at a single site by a single landowner.     3/9/2006
Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority Settlement WASHINGTON – The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) entered into an agreement to plead guilty to an indictment charging 15 felony counts of violating the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) through the illegal discharge of pollutants from nine sanitary wastewater treatment plants and five drinking water treatment plants, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   6/22/2006
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
Syngenta Consent Agreement (Washington, D.C. - Dec. 21, 2006) Syngenta Seeds, Inc. of Golden Valley, Minn., has agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty to EPA for selling and distributing seed corn that contained an unregistered genetically engineered pesticide called Bt 10.   Consent Agreement   12/21/2006
U.S. Seeks Court Approval on Dredging Agreement with GE (Washington, DC) – In another significant step toward cleaning up polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the Hudson River, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today asked the U.S. District Court in Albany, New York to approve the October 2005 consent decree with the General Electric Company (GE) for the river dredging called for in EPAs 2002 Record of Decision for the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site. The government made its written request to the court after carefully considering the public comments submitted during the comment period, eventually concluding that the settlement reached last year by the government and GE remains appropriate. The submission to the court includes detailed and comprehensive responses to the public comments. “The settlement reached with GE was designed to meet the immediate and future needs of the people of New York—by removing a large amount of PCBs from the Upper Hudson River and expediting PCB cleanup to improve the health and safety of the environment and citizens,” said Sue Ellen Wooldridge, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “We are pleased to seek the court’s approval of this settlement and we look forward to seeing the benefits of this landmark action.”   Consent Decree   5/16/2006

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