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Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

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2007 Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

Respondent Description Type of Order Date
Martex Farms Administrative Law Decision (Washington, D.C. - Feb. 1, 2007) - EPA today applauds a legal victory against Martex Farms, a Puerto Rican company, for violating the worker protection provisions of U.S. pesticide laws.   Administrative Order   2/1/2007
Air Quality Agreement with Animal Feeding Operations (Washington, D.C. - June 14, 2007) EPA today announced the beginning of the first-ever nationwide study of air emissions from poultry, dairy and swine animal feeding operations (AFOs). "Farmers are not only the stewards of the land, they are vital partners in the Bush Administration's efforts to accelerate the pace of environmental progress, while growing our nation's economy," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "This is a new day for cooperation between agriculture and EPA. Working together to expand our scientific understanding of air emissions from livestock operations, we can do what's good for agriculture, good for our environment, and good for the American people." With EPA oversight, researchers from eight universities will take part in the 21/2-year, $14.6 million study to measure levels of hydrogen sulfide, particulate matter, ammonia, nitrous oxide, volatile organic compounds and other gases from livestock facilities. The research officially begins today at 24 sites in nine states.   Agreement   6/14/2007
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
City of Ft. Wayne CWA Consent Decree (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree for the City of Ft. Wayne   Consent Decree   12/27/2007
Sewage District No. 1 of Iberia Parish (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree for the Sewage District No. 1 of Iberia Parish   Consent Decree   12/20/2007
South Haven Sewer Works (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree for South Haven Sewer Works   Consent Decree   12/20/2007
Town of Newburgh (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree for the Town of Newburgh   Consent Decree   12/11/2007
City of San Diego, California Clean Water Act Settlement (PDF) The city of San Diego will spend approximately $1 billion over the next six years to make improvements to its sewer system under a comprehensive settlement filed today by the Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.   Consent Decree   11/28/2007
Aspen Petroleum Clean Air Act Settlement On November 14, 2007 the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a complaint and settlement in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against Aspen Petroleum Products (“Aspen Petroleum”). Aspen Petroleum agreed to pay a $25,000 penalty and halt the illegal blending of “drip gas” with gasoline. The settlement resolves violations of the Clean Air Act and prevents the Colorado-based company from selling millions of gallons of drip gas, a byproduct of natural gas production, blended with gasoline to retail gas stations.   Consent Decree   11/13/2007
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn. Agree to Extensive Sewer System Upgrades WASHINGTON – The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (Metro), at a cost of between $300 million and $400 million, has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage and to control overflows of combined sewage and storm water under a settlement announced today by the Justice Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).   Consent Decree   10/24/2007
American Electric Power Service Corporation Washington, D.C. – Oct. 9, 2007) American Electric Power has agreed to cut 813,000 tons of air pollutants annually at an estimated cost of more than $4.6 billion, pay a $15 million penalty, and spend $60 million on projects to mitigate the adverse effects of its past excess emissions. The record settlement was announced today by the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency.   Consent Decree   10/9/2007
Hunt Refining Company and Hunt Southland Refining Company Settlements The Hunt Refining Co. and Hunt Southland Refining Co. have agreed to pay a $400,000 civil penalty and spend more than $48.5 million for new and upgraded pollution controls at three refineries, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.   Consent Decree   9/28/2007
Valero (Premcor) Refinery Clean Air Act Settlement WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement with Valero Energy Corp. that provides for a $4.25 million penalty and $232 million in new and upgraded pollution controls at refineries in Tennessee, Ohio and Texas that were formerly owned by Premcor Inc. The state of Ohio and Memphis-Shelby County, Tenn. have also joined in today's consent decree and will receive a portion of the civil penalty.   Consent Decree   8/16/2007
Texas Products Pipeline Company, LLC (Dallas, Texas – August 16, 2007) TE Products Pipeline Company, LLC and TEPPCO Crude Pipeline, LLC (collectively “TEPPCO”) will pay a $2.865 million penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today.   Consent Decree   8/16/2007
J. H. Berra Construction CWA Consent Decree (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree to J. H. Berra Construction.   Consent Decree   7/29/2007
E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Clean Air Act Settlement WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement today with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., which is expected to reduce more than 13,000 tons of harmful emissions annually from four sulfuric acid production plants in Louisiana, Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.   Consent Decree   7/20/2007
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
J.H. Berra Construction Company (Washington--July 12, 2007) Several St. Louis-area developers responsible for polluting streams and lakes with runoff from three construction sites will adhere to a strict compliance program at future construction projects, clean up past pollution, and pay one of the largest environmental penalties of its kind in state history under a consent decree reached with the United States, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, and the city of Wildwood, Mo. The consent decree, filed today in federal district court in St. Louis, requires J.H. Berra Construction Co. Inc. and several other defendants to pay a civil penalty of $590,000, the largest penalty for a land disturbance case in Missouri. The other defendants in the case include JHB Properties Inc., J.H. Berra Holding Co. Inc., JMB No. 2 LLC, and CMB Rhodes LLC. All are connected to J.H. Berra Construction, one of the largest developers in the St. Louis area.   Consent Decree   7/12/2007
St. Louis Developers to Pay $590,000 Penalty for Polluting Waterways with Runoff from Three Construction Sites WASHINGTON – Several St. Louis-area developers responsible for polluting streams and lakes with runoff from three construction sites will adhere to a strict compliance program at future construction projects, clean up past pollution, and pay one of the largest environmental penalties of its kind in state history under a consent decree reached with the United States, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, and the city of Wildwood, Mo. The consent decree, filed today in federal district court in St. Louis, requires J.H. Berra Construction Co. Inc. and several other defendants to pay a civil penalty of $590,000, the largest penalty for a land disturbance case in Missouri. The other defendants in the case include JHB Properties Inc., J.H. Berra Holding Co. Inc., JMB No. 2 LLC, and CMB Rhodes LLC. All are connected to J.H. Berra Construction, one of the largest developers in the St. Louis area. “This consent decree contains both strong requirements for future construction sites that will reduce pollution as well as a hefty penalty, and also demonstrates the important role that the federal, state and local government each play in reducing the pollution of our lakes and waters,” said Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.   Consent Decree   7/12/2007
Casper's Electronics Inc. Clean Air Act Settlement WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today a landmark settlement requiring Casper's Electronics, of Mundelein, Ill., to pay a penalty and stop selling devices that allow cars to release excess levels of pollution into the environment, in violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA).   Consent Decree   7/10/2007
East Kentucky Power Cooperative Settlement WASHINGTON, D.C. – East Kentucky Power Cooperative, a coal-fired electric utility based in Winchester, Ky., will spend approximately $650 million on pollution controls and pay a $750,000 penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act at its three plants, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.   Consent Decree   7/2/2007
Nevada Power Company Clean Air Act Settlement WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $60.7 million Clean Air Act settlement with Nevada Power Company (Nevada Power) that will improve air quality in the Clark County/Las Vegas area by requiring the company to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, a harmful air pollutant, from its Clark Generating Station by about 2,300 tons annually.   Consent Decree   6/13/2007
Kinder Morgan Clean Water Act Settlement (05/21/07 -- San Francisco) Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, and SFPP LP, have agreed to pay nearly $5.3 million to resolve liability under the Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, Endangered Species Act, and California’s Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act, for three oil spills in 2004 and 2005.   Consent Decree   5/21/2007
Kerr-McGee Clean Air Act Settlement WASHINGTON – Kerr-McGee Corp. will spend $18 million on pollution controls in the first comprehensive settlement under the Clean Air Act that will reduce harmful emissions and conserve natural gas at production facilities across Utah and Colorado . The control measures and operational improvements are expected to reduce annual emissions of air pollutants by more than 2,500 tons in Utah and more than 3,000 tons in Colorado, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   5/17/2007
Total Petrochemicals U.S.A. Settlement WASHINGTON – Total Petrochemical USA Inc. (Total) will pay a $2.9 million penalty and upgrade pollution controls at its Port Arthur, Texas refinery, to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   4/30/2007
Rhodia Inc. Clean Air Act Settlement (Washington, D.C. - April 26, 2007) Acid manufacturer Rhodia Inc. will pay a $2 million penalty and spend approximately $50 million on air pollution controls at eight production plants in four states across the country, to resolve allegations that the company violated the Clean Air Act. The pollution controls are expected to reduce harmful emissions from its production plants in Texas, Louisiana, California and Indiana by 19,000 tons per year.   Consent Decree   4/26/2007
Winchester Municipal Utilities (PDF) Winchester Municipal Utilities Clean Water Act Consent Decree   Consent Decree   4/10/2007
Williams Refining Clean Air Act Settlement (Washington, D.C. - March 14, 2007) Williams Refining Co., the former owner and operator of a Memphis, Tenn., petroleum refinery, has agreed to pay $2.2 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations that the company violated the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced.   Consent Decree   3/14/2007
Agrium/Royster Clark Clean Air Settlement (Washington, D.C. - Feb. 6, 2007) -- A Cincinnati-area nitric acid production facility will pay $750,000 in civil penalties to settle violations of the New Source Review (NSR) provisions of the Clean Air Act uncovered by EPA. The parent companies also agreed to install state-of-the-art pollution control equipment at the facility that will reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions of by more than 200 tons per year.   Consent Decree   2/6/2007
M.G. Waldbaum Company WIll Pay $1 Million Penalty to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations WASHINGTON – M.G. Waldbaum Company, a subsidiary of Minnesota-based Michael Foods Inc., has agreed to pay a $1.05 million penalty to resolve allegations that the company violated the Clean Water Act. Today's settlement, which is a joint federal-state effort, involves a large egg processing facility and seven associated poultry farms near the City of Wakefield, Neb. The civil penalty will be divided equally between the state and the federal government.   Consent Decree   1/10/2007
W.R. Grace & Co. Agrees to Bankruptcy Settlement at 32 Superfund Sites On December 20, 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice announced that W.R. Grace agreed to a $34 million bankruptcy settlement for cleanup costs at 32 Superfund sites across the country.   Settlement Agreement   12/20/2007
US EPA Clean Air Act Mobile Source Importation Settlement Information EPA enforces the vehicle and engine certification provisions of Title II of the Clean Air Act and regulations at 40 C. F. R. Parts 85, 86, 89 through 94, and 1039 through 1068. The Clean Air Act requires new engines and equipment sold or distributed in the United States to be certified to meet EPA-established emissions requirements to protect public health and the environment from air pollution. The certification and prohibition requirements apply equally to importers and manufacturers. There has been a recent and dramatic increase in imports of engines and equipment which do not meet these standards. These imports mostly involve tractors, lawn and garden equipment, motorcycles (both highway and off-road), ATVs, and electrical generators.     12/17/2007
Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) Settlement PITTSBURGH (May 31, 2007) -- In a landmark settlement with federal, state, and county authorities, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) has agreed to a comprehensive plan to greatly reduce the annual discharge of billions of gallons of untreated sewage into local waterways.     5/31/2007

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