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Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

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2008 Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

Respondent Description Type of Order Date
Agrifos Fertilizer, Inc. Dallas, Texas – March 27, 2008) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an administrative order on consent to Agrifos Fertilizer, Inc. and ExxonMobil Oil Corp. to address long-term wastewater management and prevent future imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and the environment.     3/28/2008
American International Specialty Lines Insurance Co. American International Specialty Lines Insurance Company (AISLIC) bankruptcy settlement agreement for cleanup of former Fruit of the Loom properties.   Settlement Agreement   1/3/2008
Biofriendly Corporation Clean Air Act Settlement (Washington, D.C. - Nov. 3, 2008) Biofriendly Corp., incorporated in Nevada with principal offices in Covina, Calif., has agreed to pay EPA $1.25 million for manufacturing and selling an unregistered fuel additive in Texas and California.   Consent Decree   11/3/2008
Bristol-Myers Squibb Clean Air Act Settlement (New York, N.Y) Bristol-Myers Squibb, an international pharmaceutical manufacturer, has agreed to reduce the output of ozone-depleting refrigerants at multiple industrial facilities around the country at a combined cost of $3.65 million in order to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   7/8/2008
Centex Homes CWA Consent Decree (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree to Centex Homes.   Consent Decree   6/11/2008
Chicopee CWA Consent Decree (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree to Chicopee   Consent Decree   1/1/2008
Colorado construction firm settles storm water violations (Denver, Colo. -- June 6, 2008) Colorado Structures, Inc., (CSI) a construction management firm that specializes in building big-box commercial stores in the western United States, has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty and implement a company-wide storm water compliance program to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   6/6/2008
Colorite Specialty Resins Settlement WASHINGTON—Colorite Specialty Resins, headquartered in Somerville, N.J., has agreed to perform corrective measures at its Burlington, N.J., manufacturing facility that will reduce harmful emissions of vinyl chloride to resolve alleged violations of federal and state environmental laws, the Justice Department, the State of New Jersey, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.   Consent Decree   8/19/2008
ConocoPhillips Clean Water Act Settlement WASHINGTON – ConocoPhillips, an international energy company, has agreed to pay a $1.2 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to over 2,000 effluent discharges from a petroleum refinery it operates in Borger, Texas, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.   Consent Decree and Complaint   4/7/2008
Conocophillips CWA Consent Decree (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree to Conocophillips   Consent Decree   4/10/2008
EPA orders Scotts to stop selling certain pesticides (Chicago, Ill. - April 23, 2008) U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 today issued a "stop sale, use or removal" order against Scotts Miracle Gro Co. and three affiliates, all of Marysville, Ohio, for illegal, unregistered and misbranded pesticides. EPA will also issue a stop sale order to Scotts Lawn Care Service. Scotts has agreed to recall these products from all retail locations across the United States and to set up a process for consumers to safely return any unregistered products they may have purchased.   Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order   4/23/2008
EPA's Audit Policy: Tailored Incentives for New Owners On August 1, 2008, EPA published in the Federal Register (FR) its “Interim Approach to Applying the Audit Policy to New Owners (“Interim Approach),”. The FR Notice on the Interim Approach states that the Agency intends to tailor Audit Policy incentives for new owners that want to make a “clean start” at their recently acquired facilities by addressing environmental noncompliance that began prior to acquisition.     8/1/2008
ExxonMobil Petroleum Refinery Settlement WASHINGTON, D.C. (12/17/08) – ExxonMobil has agreed to pay nearly $6.1 million in civil penalties for violating the terms of a 2005 court-approved Clean Air Act agreement at four of its U.S. refineries, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. Today’s legal agreement penalizes ExxonMobil for failing to comply with the 2005 settlement at refineries in Beaumont and Baytown, Texas; Torrance, Calif.; and Baton Rouge, La. In addition, EPA and DOJ are proposing amendments to the 2005 settlement that include new deadlines for some required activities and minor technical changes effecting at the Joliet, Ill., Beaumont and Baytown, Texas and Billings, Montana refineries.     12/17/2008
George H. Johnson Clean Water Act Settlement An Arizona land developer and a contractor have agreed to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act for bulldozing, filling, and diverting approximately five miles of the Santa Cruz River, a major waterway in Arizona, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.   Consent Decree   10/7/2008
Holly Refining and Marketing Company Settlement (Washington, D.C. -- April 21, 2008) Holly Refining & Marketing has agreed to spend more than $17 million in new and upgraded pollution controls at its refinery in Woods Cross, Utah, and pay a $120,000 civil penalty, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The settlement, which resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act by Holly, is expected to reduce air pollution by more than 420 tons of harmful emissions annually.   Consent Decree   4/21/2008
Home Builders Clean Water Settlement WASHINGTON—Four of the nation’s largest home builders have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $4.3 million to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The companies also have agreed to implement company-wide compliance programs that go beyond current regulatory requirements and put controls in place that will keep 1.2 billion pounds of sediment from polluting our nation’s waterways each ye     6/11/2008
Home Depot Clean Water Settlement Washington, D.C. – Feb. 26, 2008) Home Depot has agreed to pay a $1.3 million penalty and implement a nationwide compliance program to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The settlement resolves alleged violations that were discovered at more than 30 construction sites in 28 states where new Home Depot stores were being built.   Consent Decree   2/26/2008
Lexington, Kentucky Clean Water Settlement The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) in Kentucky has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems, at a cost estimated to exceed $290 million, to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage, and to reduce pollution levels in urban storm water. In addition, LFUCG will pay a civil penalty of $425,000 to the United States and implement two federal and two state environmental projects valued at $2.73 million that will provide additional environmental benefits to the Lexington community.   Consent Decree   3/14/2008
MTD and Jenn Feng Clean Air Act Settlement WASHINGTON—A Taiwanese manufacturer and three American corporations will pay a $2 million civil penalty for allegedly importing and distributing approximately 200,000 chainsaws in the U.S. that failed to meet federal air pollution standards, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The companies also agreed to spend approximately $5 million on projects to reduce air pollution.   Consent Decree   4/24/2008
Magellan Clean Water Settlement (Kansas City, Kan., June 16, 2008) - Magellan Midstream Partners has agreed to pay $5.3 million in civil penalties for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to illegal spills or discharges of petroleum products from its pipeline network at 11 locations in six states over the past 10 years, officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced today. "Pipeline owners and operators must take steps to minimize the potential of fuel and oil spills," said Granta Y. Nakayama, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. "Today's settlement will prevent spills that can pollute our waters and harm sensitive ecosystems."   Consent Decree   6/16/2008
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Stipulation and Order (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act stipulation and order for Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)   Stipulation and Order   9/10/2008
Massey Energy Company Inc. Clean Water Act Settlement (Washington, D.C. – January 17, 2008) Massey Energy Company, Inc. has agreed to pay a $20 million civil penalty in a corporate-wide settlement to resolve Clean Water Act violations at coal mines in West Virginia and Kentucky, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced. This is the largest civil penalty in EPA’s history levied against a company for wastewater discharge permit violations.   Consent Decree   1/17/2008
Merit Energy and Shell Exploration Clean Air Act Settlement CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2008) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced an agreement with Merit Energy Co. LLC and Shell Exploration & Production Co. on alleged Clean Air Act violations at a natural gas processing facility in Manistee, Mich. Merit is the present owner and Shell is the former owner of the plant.   Consent Decree   10/1/2008
Michigan Sugar Clean Air Act Settlement (Chicago, Ill. - May 15, 2008) Michigan Sugar, a grower-owned sugar cooperative located in Bay City, Mich., will use pollution reduction measures valued at more than $13 million at its processing facility to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department announced today. Along with the pollution reduction measures, Michigan Sugar will also pay a $210,000 civil penalty.     5/15/2008
Pala Band of Mission Indians, Brown Bulk Transporation, Valley Material and Supply, and James A. Brown Clean Water Act Consent Decree (PDF) This is the Clean Water Act consent decree for Pala Band of Mission Indians, Brown Bulk Transporation, Valley Material and Supply, and James A. Brown   Consent Decree   9/17/2008
Pfizer To Pay $975,000 For Alleged Clean Air Violations (Boston, Mass. - June 23, 2008) - The pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its former manufacturing plant in Groton, Conn., the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. Today’s settlement is the first of its type in federal court under regulations that are designed to control the emissions of hazardous air pollutants from pharmaceutical manufacturing operations.   Consent Decree   6/23/2008
Plantation Pipe Line Company Clean Water Act Settlement WASHINGTON—Plantation Pipe Line Company, Alpharetta, Ga., has agreed to pay a civil penalty and implement safeguards in order to resolve a Clean Water Act lawsuit over fuel pipeline spills in three states, the Justice Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state of North Carolina announced.   Consent Decree   11/5/2008
Rapanos Clean Water Act Settlement (Washington, D.C. - Dec. 29, 2008) John A. Rapanos and related defendants have agreed to pay a civil penalty and recreate approximately 100 acres of wetlands and buffer areas to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act at three sites in Midland and Bay counties, Michigan, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.   Consent Decree   12/29/2008
Salt River Project Agriculture Improvement and Power District Clean Air Act Settlement WASHINGTON— As part of the fifteenth settlement secured by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice to control harmful air pollution from coal-fired power plants, the owner and operator of a plant in St. Johns, Ariz., has agreed to install pollution controls at an estimated cost of $400 million to reduce harmful emissions and pay a $950,000 civil penalty. Today's settlement resolves alleged violations of the New Source Review requirements of the Clean Air Act.   Consent Decree   8/12/2008
St. Marys Cement Inc. Clean Air Act Settlement WASHINGTON— Two companies that own and operate a Portland cement manufacturing facility near Dixon, Ill., have agreed to install state-of-the-art pollution controls to reduce harmful air emissions and pay an $800,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   9/8/2008
Valero Refining-Texas Agrees to Resolve Alleged Violations Over Corpus Christi, Texas Oil Spill WASHINGTON — Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. has agreed to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a spill of 3,400 barrels of oil into the Corpus Christi Ship Channel on June 1, 2006, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The Corpus Christi Ship Channel flows from Tule Lake into Corpus Christi Bay and then into the Gulf of Mexico. It is heavily utilized by barge and commercial ship traffic.   Consent Decree   6/10/2008

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