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Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

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2010 Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

Respondent Description Type of Order Date
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Clean Water Act Settlement (Washington, DC - December 22, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced today a comprehensive Clean Water Act settlement with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District that will address the flow of untreated sewage into Cleveland area waterways and Lake Erie. The settlement will safeguard water quality and protect human health by capturing and treating more than 98 percent of wet weather flows entering the combined sewer system, which services the city of Cleveland and 59 adjoining communities.   Consent Decree   12/22/2010
DeKalb County Clean Water Act Settlement (Washington, DC - December 13, 2010) DeKalb County, Ga. has agreed to make major improvements to its sanitary sewer systems in an effort to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated sewage, the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced today.   Consent Decree   12/13/2010
Beazer Homes USA, Inc., Settlement (Washington, DC - December 02, 2010) Beazer Homes USA, Inc., a national residential homebuilder, has agreed today to pay a $925,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at its construction sites in 21 states, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. As part of the settlement, Beazer will also implement a company-wide stormwater program to improve compliance with stormwater runoff requirements at current and future construction sites around the country.   Consent Decree   12/2/2010
Tronox Bankruptcy Settlement Agreement Settlement Agreement to resolve Tronox Incorporated's environmental liabilities with EPA, other federal, state, and local agencies, and the Navajo Nation (collectively, the “Governments”) relating to numerous contaminated sites around the country. Pursuant to the settlement agreement, the Governments will receive, among other consideration, $270 million and 88 percent of Tronox’s interest in a pending fraudulent conveyance litigation.   Settlement Agreement   11/23/2010
Settlement Reached at Sutton Brook Disposal Area Site in Massachusetts The settlement in this case totals $30 million and includes forty-nine different parties, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).   Consent Decree   11/9/2010
City of Toledo, Ohio Clean Water Act Settlement (WASHINGTON, DC - Oct. 21, 2010) The city of Toledo, Ohio, has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer system that will significantly reduce the city’s longstanding sewage overflows into Swan Creek and the Maumee and Ottawa Rivers, the city’s main waterways, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Ohio announced today.   Amended Consent Decree   10/21/2010
Motors Liquidation Company (f/k/a General Motors (GM) Corporation) Bankruptcy Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), and the Unites States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, along with the states of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe announced that Motors Liquidation Corporation (MLC) has agreed to resolve its liabilities at 89 sites in the aforementioned 14 states across the U.S. for approximately $773 million.   Settlement Agreement   10/20/2010
EPA Settles with De Minimis Parties at Malone Service Company Superfund Site In fiscal year 2011, Region 6 completed the last of several administrative de minimis settlements with over 200 de minimis parties for recovery of over $ 8.4 million in past costs, future costs, and premiums for future uncertainties dealing with the Malone Service Company Superfund Site.   Administrative Order   10/19/2010
Doe Run Resources Corporation Settlement Doe Run Resources Corp. of St. Louis, North America’s largest lead producer, has agreed to spend approximately $65 million to correct violations of several environmental laws at 10 of its lead mining, milling and smelting facilities in southeast Missouri, the Justice Department, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today. The settlement also requires the company to pay a $7 million civil penalty.   Consent Decree   10/8/2010
BP North America Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced today that BP Products North America Inc. has agreed to pay a $15 million penalty to resolve federal Clean Air Act violations at its Texas City, Texas petroleum refinery. The penalty is both the largest ever assessed for civil violations of the Clean Air Act’s chemical accident prevention regulations, also known as the risk management program regulations, and the largest civil penalty recovered for Clean Air Act violations at an individual facility.   Consent Decree   9/30/2010
Murphy Oil USA Clean Air Act Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Justice Department announced that Murphy Oil USA has agreed to pay a $1.25 million civil penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act at its petroleum refineries in Meraux, La. and Superior, Wis. As part of the settlement, the company will spend more than $142 million to install new and upgraded pollution reduction equipment at the refineries and also spend an additional $1.5 million on a supplemental environmental project.   Consent Decree   9/28/2010
Bristol Township Clean Water Act Settlement Bristol Township agreed to resolve allegations by the United States and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that the township violated federal and state water pollution control laws and regulations at its water treatment works in Bucks County, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.   Consent Decree   9/27/2010
Air Products LLC Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department today announced that Air Products LLC has agreed to pay nearly $1.5 million in civil penalties to resolve hazardous waste mismanagement violations at its Pasadena, Texas chemical manufacturing facility. The settlement resolves Air Products’ Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations in transferring spent acid to the neighboring Agrifos fertilizer manufacturing plant.   Consent Decree   8/26/2010
Chemtura Corporation Bankruptcy Settlement Agreement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Justice Department, and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York today announced that Chemtura Corporation has agreed to resolve its liabilities at 17 sites across the U.S. for approximately $26 million. The agreement settles the government’s claims in Chemtura’s bankruptcy case relating to liabilities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA, commonly known as Superfund), and for violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The bankruptcy settlement will fund past and future cleanup costs at Superfund sites across the country.   Settlement Agreement   8/24/2010
City of Revere, Massachusetts Clean Water Act Settlement Under the terms of a Consent Decree lodged in federal court, the City of Revere, Mass. will significantly reduce illegal discharges of raw sewage overflows into the environment from its wastewater collection system and separate storm sewer system. The City has estimated that it will spend approximately $50 million to address these illegal discharges. Revere will also pay a civil penalty of $130,000 for past violations of the Clean Water Act.   Consent Decree   8/15/2010
American Vanguard Corporation Order American Vanguard Corporation (AMVAC) and AMVAC Chemical Corporation have been issued a Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order (SSURO) for potential violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). EPA took enforcement action after EPA laboratory analysis of AMVAC’s registered pesticide product, Technical Grade PCNB 95%, revealed the presence of highly toxic impurities EPA considers to be of toxicological significance.   Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order   8/12/2010
City and County of Honolulu Settlement A comprehensive settlement has been reached with the City and County of Honolulu that will address Clean Water Act compliance at Honolulu’s wastewater collection and treatment systems, the Justice Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Hawaii Attorney General’s Office, Hawaii Department of Health, and three environmental groups announced today.   Consent Decree   8/10/2010
Plains All American Pipeline Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Justice Department announced that Plains All American Pipeline and several of its operating subsidiaries have agreed to spend approximately $41 million to upgrade 10,420 miles of crude oil pipeline operated in the United States. The settlement resolves Plains’ Clean Water Act violations for 10 crude oil spills in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Kansas, and requires the company to pay a $3.25 million civil penalty.   Consent Decree   8/10/2010
CF Industries, Inc. Settlement (Washington, DC - August 06, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department today announced that CF Industries, Inc. has agreed to spend approximately $12 million to implement a treatment system for hazardous wastes at its Plant City, Fla. phosphoric acid and ammoniated fertilizer manufacturing facility near Tampa. The settlement resolves CF Industries’ Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations and requires the company to pay a civil penalty of more than $700,000 and provide $163.5 million in financial assurances to guarantee appropriate closure and long-term care of the closed facility. This is the first case concluded under EPA’s National Enforcement Initiative for Mining and Mineral Processing.   Consent Decree   8/6/2010
Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. Settlement (Washington, DC - July 23, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Justice Department, and the state of Indiana announced that Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $950,000 and install and upgrade pollution control technology at its two coal-fired power plants in Indiana to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act. The settlement, filed in federal court today, will reduce harmful air pollution by more than 24,500 tons per year and requires Hoosier to spend $5 million on environmental projects.   Consent Decree   7/23/2010
McWane, Inc. Settlement (Washington, DC - July 14, 2010) McWane Inc., a national cast iron pipe manufacturer headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., has agreed to resolve more than 400 violations of federal and state environmental law at 28 of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states as part of a settlement filed in federal court today, the Justice Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the states of Alabama and Iowa announced.   Consent Decree   7/14/2010
Monsanto Company FIFRA Settlement Information Sheet Washington, DC - July 8, 2010) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Monsanto Company Inc., of St. Louis, Missouri, has agreed to pay a $2.5 million penalty to resolve misbranding violations related to the sale and distribution of cotton seed products containing genetically engineered pesticides. This is the largest civil administrative penalty settlement ever received under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).   Consent Agreement and Final Order   7/8/2010
Williamsport Clean Water Act Settlement (Washington, D.C. – June 22, 2010) The Williamsport, Pa., Sanitary Authority (WSA) has agreed to make significant improvements to its combined sewer system at an estimated cost of approximately $10 million, in order to resolve long-standing problems with combined sewer overflows to the Susquehanna River, which flows to the Chesapeake Bay, the Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.   Consent Decree   6/22/2010
Silgan Containers, LLC Settlement Washington, D.C. – June 14, 2010) The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with Silgan Containers that will resolve alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration/New Source Review (PSD/NSR) programs at 18 Silgan can manufacturing facilities across the United States. In October 1999, Silgan commenced a national air audit ("NAA") of the company's compliance with the CAA under an audit agreement with EPA and conducted a review of each facility (originally, a total of 28) on a Region-by-Region basis. Silgan disclosed noncompliance with PSD/NSR and other CAA requirements and voluntarily corrected noncompliance. Silgan disclosed the potential violations to Regions 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10.   Consent Decree   6/14/2010
American Municipal Power (WASHINGTON, DC - May 18, 2010) American Municipal Power (AMP), an Ohio non-profit utility, will permanently retire its Richard H. Gorsuch Station coal-fired power plant near Marietta under a settlement to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced today. As part of the settlement, AMP will also spend $15 million on an environmental mitigation project and pay a civil penalty of $850,000.   Consent Decree   5/18/2010
Kansas City, Missouri Clean Water Act Settlement (Kansas City, Kan., - May 18, 2010) The City of Kansas City, Mo., has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems, at a cost estimated to exceed $2.5 billion over 25 years, to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage and to reduce pollution levels in urban stormwater, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.   Consent Decree   5/18/2010
City of Oswego Clean Water Act Settlement (Washington - 5/13/10) To resolve long-standing problems with unpermitted sewer overflows, the city of Oswego, NY, will invest an estimated $87 million in improvements to its west side sewer system, the Justice Depatment and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   5/13/2010
The Pep Boys Manny, Moe and Jack and Baja, Inc. (WASHINGTON, DC - May 10, 2010) The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack - have agreed to take corrective measures and pay $5 million in civil penalties to settle claims that it violated the Clean Air Act by importing and selling motorcycles, recreational vehicles and generators manufactured in China that do not comply with environmental requirements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced today. Baja, Inc., which supplied the non-compliant vehicles to Pep Boys, is also settling with the U.S.   Consent Decree   5/10/2010
Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. Settlement (WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 20, 2010) Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., a builder of residential homes nationwide, has agreed today to pay a $1 million civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at 591 construction sites in 18 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced today. As part of the settlement, the company will also implement a company-wide stormwater compliance program designed to improve compliance with storm water run-off requirements at existing and future construction sites around the country.   Consent Decree   4/20/2010
Shell Chemical LP/Shell Chemical Yabucoa, Inc. (WASHINGTON, DC - March 31, 2010) Shell Chemical LP/Shell Chemical Yabucoa have agreed to install pollution reduction equipment on two petroleum refining facilities at an estimated cost of $6 million as part of two comprehensive Clean Air Act settlements, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department announced today. The two companies will also pay a combined $3.3 million civil penalty to the United States as well as to Alabama and Louisiana, and $200,000 to Louisiana organizations for environmental education and emergency operations.   Consent Decree   3/31/2010
Cummins Inc. Clean Air Act Settlement WASHINGTON, DC - February 22, 2010) - Cummins Inc., a major motor vehicle engine company based in Columbus, Ind., will pay a $2.1 million penalty and recall 405 engines under a settlement agreement resolving violations of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department announced today. According to a complaint filed simultaneously with the settlement in federal court in the District of Columbia, between 1998 and 2006, Cummins shipped more than 570,000 heavy duty diesel engines to vehicle equipment manufacturers nationwide without pollution control equipment included, in violation of the Clean Air Act. This equipment, known as exhaust after-treatment devices (ATDs), controls engine exhaust emissions once the emissions have exited the engine and entered the exhaust system. Typical ATDs include catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters.   Consent Decree   2/22/2010
Westar Energy, Inc. Settlement (WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 25, 2010) Westar Energy has agreed to spend approximately $500 million to significantly reduce harmful air pollution from a Kansas power plant and pay a $3 million civil penalty, under a settlement to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. As part of the settlement, Westar will also spend $6 million on environmental mitigation projects. The agreement, filed in federal court in Kansas, resolves violations of the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review requirements at the company’s Jeffrey Energy Center, a coal-fired power plant near St. Marys, Kansas.   Consent Decree   1/25/2010
Lafarge North America, Inc. Clean Air Act Settlement (WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 21, 2010) The United States today filed two major Clean Air Act settlements to reduce air emissions from container glass and Portland cement plants throughout the country, announced Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, and Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division. The settlements cover all 15 U.S. plants owned by Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc., the nation’s second largest container glass manufacturer, and all 13 U.S. plants owned by the Lafarge Company and two subsidiaries, the nation’s second largest manufacturer of Portland cement. These settlements are the first system-wide settlements for these sectors under the Clean Air Act and require pollution control upgrades, acceptance of enforceable emission limits, and payment of civil penalties.   Consent Decree   1/21/2010
Saint-Gobain Containers (WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 21, 2010) The United States today filed two major Clean Air Act settlements to reduce air emissions from container glass and Portland cement plants throughout the country, announced Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, and Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division. The settlements cover all 15 U.S. plants owned by Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc., the nation’s second largest container glass manufacturer, and all 13 U.S. plants owned by the Lafarge Company and two subsidiaries, the nation’s second largest manufacturer of Portland cement. These settlements are the first system-wide settlements for these sectors under the Clean Air Act and require pollution control upgrades, acceptance of enforceable emission limits, and payment of civil penalties.   Consent Decree   1/21/2010
Pacific Pipeline Systems, LLC Clean Water Act Settlement (WASHINGTON, DC - 01/20/10) Pacific Pipeline Systems LLP, a Long Beach, Calif.-based oil transport company, has agreed to pay a $1.3 million civil penalty and discontinue the use of a section of pipeline through an unstable section of mountains to resolve a Clean Water Act violation, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   1/20/2010

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