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Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

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2014 Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

Respondent Description Type of Order Date
City of Lima, Ohio Clean Water Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the State of Ohio today announced a Clean Water Act settlement with the City of Lima, Ohio, to resolve claims that untreated sewer discharges were released into the Ottawa River during wet weather.   Consent Decree   11/20/2014
U.S. District Court Southern District New York Opinion & Order Issued for Anadarko Fraud Case U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) approves the historic settlement agreement that was announced by EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 3, 2014, resolving fraudulent conveyance claims against Kerr-McGee Corporation and related subsidiaries of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.     11/10/2014
PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer Settlement The settlement requires PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer, AA Sulfuric Inc., and White Springs Agricultural Chemicals Inc. to install, upgrade and operate state-of-the-art pollution reduction measures, as well as install emissions monitors at eight sulfuric acid plants across facilities in Geismar, Louisiana (one plant), White Springs, Florida (four plants), and Aurora, North Carolina (three plants).   Consent Decree   11/6/2014
Hyundai and Kia Settlement Automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay a $100 million civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations based on their sale of more than 1 million vehicles that collectively will emit approximately 4.75 million metric tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) in excess of what the automakers certified to the EPA.   Consent Decree   11/3/2014
The ATP Infrastructure Partners, LP Clean Water Act Settlement Under a settlement agreement with the United States, ATP Infrastructure Partners, LP (ATP-IP) will pay a $1 million civil penalty and perform corrective measures to resolve claims by the U.S. under the Clean Water Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) of unauthorized discharges of oil and chemicals from an oil platform into the Gulf of Mexico, announced the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   Consent Decree   10/16/2014
GE Agrees to Further Investigate Upper Hudson River Floodplain in a $20.5 Million Comprehensive Study EPA and General Electric Company entered into a settlement agreement under which the company will conduct a comprehensive study of the contamination in the shoreline areas of the upper Hudson River. The estimated value of this investigation work is $20.5 million.   Administrative Order on Consent   9/30/2014
$1.1 Million Cost Recovery Settlement for Grasse River Superfund Site with Innovative Financial Assurance Requirements EPA) and Alcoa Inc. reached a settlement for reimbursement of approximately $1.1 million for EPA's past cleanup costs associated with the Grasse River Superfund Site in New York.   Settlement Agreement   9/29/2014
RCRA Settlement will Result in Improvements to Moca, P.R. Landfill Operations EPA reached a settlement agreement under section 7003 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act with the Municipality of Moca, P.R. and Moca ECO-Park Corporation that will result in improvements to the municipal solid waste landfill in Moca, P.R. The total project costs are expected to be around $10 million.   Administrative Order on Consent   9/26/2014
EPA Receives $5.7 Million for Cleanup Costs at A.C. Lawrence Superfund Site ConAgra Grocery Products Company, LLC, a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods, Inc., agreement to reimburse EPA $5.7 million for cleanup costs of the A.C. Lawrence Leather Company Sludge Lagoons Superfund Site in South Paris, Maine   Consent Decree   9/25/2014
EPA Requires Nevada Gold Mining Company to Correct Reporting Violations The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency settled with Veris Gold USA, Inc. for failing to correctly report toxic chemical releases and waste management activities as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. The company agreed to a civil penalty of $182,000.     9/25/2014
Consumers Energy Clean Air Act Settlement In a settlement with the United States, Consumers Energy, a subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation, has agreed to install pollution control technology, continue operating existing pollution controls and comply with emission rates to reduce harmful air pollution from the company’s five coal-fired power plants located in West Olive, Essexville, Muskegon and Luna Pier, Michigan, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   9/16/2014
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company Settlement On September 15, 2014, EPA filed a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) which simultaneously commences and resolves an administrative proceeding against E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).   Consent Agreement and Final Order   9/15/2014
Residential Developers Agree to Liability Relief Settlements Worth $20 Million in Cleanup Work along the Gowanus Canal EPA announced it entered into settlement agreements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA, commonly referred to as Superfund) with two subsidiaries of The Lightstone Group to conduct sampling, cleanup work, and other measures along the Gowanus Canal.   Settlement Agreement   9/9/2014
Prospective Purchaser Agreement Promotes Cleanup and Redevelopment at Former Steel Mill in Maryland EPA entered into a prospective purchaser agreement (PPA) with Sparrows Point Terminal LLC (SPT), regarding cleanup and redevelopment of a former steel mill located in the Sparrows Point area of Baltimore, Md. The PPA will result in $3 million for EPA assessment and remediation work of any contamination of off-shore areas around Sparrows Point.   Agreement   9/8/2014
Costco Wholesale Corporation Clean Air Act Settlement Costco Wholesale Corporation, the nation’s second largest retailer, has agreed to cut its emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas chemicals from refrigeration equipment at more than half of its stores nationwide.   Consent Decree   9/3/2014
Trans Energy Inc. Clean Water Act Settlement EPA, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), and the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Trans Energy Inc., requiring the oil and gas company to restore portions of streams and wetlands at 15 sites in West Virginia polluted by the company’s unauthorized discharge of dredge or fill material.   Consent Decree   9/2/2014
EPA Orders Mine Cleanup Work in Areas on the Navajo Nation Settlement with Homestake Mining Company of California to assess contamination and address safety hazards at four abandoned uranium mines in the Mariano Lake and Smith Lake areas on the Navajo Nation. EPA and Navajo Nation will oversee the work totaling about $500,000.   Administrative Order on Consent   8/27/2014
Settlement Agreement Addressing Uranium Mine Cleanup at Four Sites in Navajo Nation Under an administrative order on consent, Homestakes Mining Company will assess contamination and address safety hazards at four abandoned uranium mines in the Mariano Lake and Smith Lake areas on the Navajo Nation.   Administrative Order on Consent   8/27/2014
$23 Million Settlement Reached at the Cedar Creek Superfund Alternative Site EPA and the Mercury Marine Corporation entered into an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent (ASAOC) where Mercury Marine will produce an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) for a Non-Time-Critical Removal Action at the Cedar Creek Superfund Alternative site for the Ponds Operable Unit in Cedarburg, Wis.   Administrative Order on Consent   8/21/2014
East Bay Municipal Utility District Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a Clean Water Act settlement requiring the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and seven East Bay communities to conduct extensive system repairs aimed at eliminating millions of gallons of sewage discharges into San Francisco Bay.   Consent Decree   7/28/2014
Minnesota Power Settlement In a settlement with the United States, Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company based in Duluth, has agreed to install pollution control technology and meet stringent emission rates to reduce harmful air pollution from the company’s three coal-fired power plants located in Cohasset, Hoyt Lakes, and Schroeder, Minnesota, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   7/16/2014
EPA Receives $3.6 Million in Past Cost Payment for Cleanup Work at the Conjecture and Minnie Moore Mines EPA and the U.S. Forest Service entered into a settlement agreement with several parties to address payment for cleanup work conducted at mine sites in Idaho. When finalized, the parties will reimburse EPA and the USFS $3.6 million for cleanup work performed under CERCLA at the Minnie Moore Mine and the Conjecture Mine sites in Idaho.   Settlement Agreement   7/14/2014
Hercules Agrees to $1 Million Cleanup at its Hattiesburg, Miss. Facility EPA and Hercules Incorporated (Hercules) agreed to an order on consent under section 3008(h) of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regarding the Hercules facility in Hattiesburg, Miss. to conduct cleanup work valued at $1 million to address on and off-site contamination.   Administrative Order on Consent   7/3/2014
Hercules Agrees to $1 Million Cleanup at its Hattiesburg, Miss. Facility Hercules Incorporated (Hercules) agreed to a consent order under section 3008(h) of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regarding the Hercules facility in Hattiesburg, Miss. to conduct cleanup work valued at $1 million to address on- and off-site contamination.   Consent Agreement   7/3/2014
Ivory Home, Ltd. Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Ivory Homes, Ltd. has agreed to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at several locations in Utah and will invest in a company-wide compliance program to improve employee training and stormwater management at all current and future residential construction sites.   Consent Decree   6/24/2014
EPA issues $104 Million Order for Cleanup Work at Centredale Manor Superfund Site EPA issued a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) valued at $104 million to Emhart Industries, Inc. and Black & Decker, Inc. to perform cleanup work at the Centredale Manor Restoration Project Superfund Site.   Unilateral Administrative Order   6/10/2014
EPA Receives $2.225 Million Settlement for Response Costs at the Valmont TCE Superfund Site U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania entered a settlement agreement for more than $2.2 million to resolve past costs associated with cleanup work at the Valmont TCE Superfund Site in Pennsylvania. The cleanup work included removal of contaminated soil and extraction of trichloroethylene (TCE) contaminated soil vapor.   Consent Decree   6/5/2014
TIMET Settlement Titanium Metals Corporation (TIMET), one of the world’s largest producers of titanium parts for jet engines and other industrial applications, has agreed to perform an extensive investigation and cleanup of potential contamination stemming primarily from the unauthorized manufacture and disposal of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) at its Black Mountain Industrial Complex manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nev., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice announced today.   Consent Decree   5/14/2014
Bankruptcy Settlements Reached with the Eastman Kodak Company worth $49 Million U.S Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved bankruptcy settlement agreements to resolve Kodak’s liabilities under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester, N.Y. and under Superfund at the Mercury Refining Superfund Site in Colonie and Guilderland, N.Y., and the Fair Lawn Well Field Superfund Site in Fair Lawn, N.J.   Settlement Agreement   5/13/2014
Duke Energy Agrees to $3 Million Cleanup for Coal Ash Release in the Dan River EPA entered into a $3 million cleanup agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC to address the February 2014 coal ash spill into the Dan River at Eden, N.C.   Administrative Order on Consent   5/2/2014
Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC Settlement Lowe’s Home Centers, one of the nation’s largest home improvement retailers, has agreed to implement a comprehensive, corporate-wide compliance program at its over 1,700 stores nationwide to ensure that the contractors it hires to perform work minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the federal Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.   Consent Decree   4/17/2014
Anadarko Fraud Case Results in Billions for Environmental Cleanups EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an agreement to resolve fraudulent conveyance claims against Kerr-McGee Corporation and related subsidiaries of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Of the environmental-related recovery in this settlement, nearly $2 billion will be paid for cleanup work associated with numerous EPA-lead sites, resulting in the largest bankruptcy-related award that EPA has ever received for environmental claims and liabilities.   Consent Decree   4/3/2014
American Lifan Industry, Inc. An Ontario, California-based vehicle and engine importer has agreed to ensure that future imports meet environmental standards after illegally importing and selling nearly 28,000 highway motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and engines manufactured in China that did not comply with emission limits for harmful pollution required by the Clean Air Act (CAA).   Consent Agreement and Final Order   3/27/2014
American Lifan Industry, Inc. The settlement agreement in this matter resolves an administrative enforcement action in which the EPA alleged American Lifan Industry, Inc. violated the Clean Air Act (Act) by importing and selling over 6,700 highway motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and engines manufactured in China that do not comply with environmental requirements.   Consent Agreement and Final Order   3/26/2014
Phillips 66 Takes Steps Toward Reducing Pollution from Vehicles The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Houston, Texas-based Phillips 66 Company recently agreed to retire over 21 billion sulfur credits that could have been used in the production of gasoline, which could potentially lead to significantly less pollution from vehicles. The company will also pay a $500,000 penalty for violations of the Clean Air Act.   Administrative Agreement   3/24/2014
EPA Issues Two Orders for Remedial Design Work at the Gowanus Canal Site in N.Y. In March and May of 2014, EPA issued unilateral administrative orders to potentially responsible parties to conduct remedial design work associated with cleanup of the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site in Brooklyn, N.Y. The value of design work associated with these orders is $38 to $40 million.   Unilateral Administrative Order   3/21/2014
Flint Hills Resources, Port Arthur The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Flint Hills Resources of Port Arthur has agreed to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment at the company’s chemical plant in Port Arthur, Texas.   Consent Decree   3/20/2014
El Dorado Chemical Co. et al. Clean Air Act Settlement LSB Industries, Inc. (LSB), the largest merchant manufacturer of concentrated nitric acid in North America, and four of its subsidiaries have agreed to reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by meeting emission limits that are among the lowest for the industry in the nation at plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice announced today.   Consent Decree   3/19/2014
EPA Inspections Reveal Clean Water Act Violations by Former Dairy Owner near Rock Valley, Iowa U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) personnel conducted a series of inspections in March and May 2013 at the Double V Dairy, LLC, near Rock Valley, Iowa. As a result of the inspections, the former owner of the dairy has agreed to pay a $75,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, according to a proposed consent agreement.     3/10/2014
United Park City Mines agrees to clean up mine waste at Richardson Flat Superfund Site in Utah United Park City Mines Inc. (UPCM entered an administrative order on consent (AOC) for engineering evaluation, cost analysis (EE/CA), removal, and restoration of more than 2,700 acres contaminated with historic mine waste at the Richardson Flat Superfund Site near Park City, Utah.   Administrative Order on Consent   3/7/2014
Alpha Natural Resources Inc. Settlement Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (Alpha), one of the nation’s largest coal companies, Alpha Appalachian Holdings (formerly Massey Energy), and 66 subsidiaries have agreed to spend an estimated $200 million on installing and operating wastewater treatment systems and implementing comprehensive, system-wide upgrades to reduce discharges of pollution from coal mines in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.   Consent Decree   3/5/2014
CFMOTO Powersports, Inc., CFMOTO America, Inc., Zhejiang CFMOTO Power Co., Ltd., and Chunfeng Holding Group Co., Ltd. (Collectively “CFMOTO”) Clean Air Settlement A Chinese powersports company and its related U.S. distributor have agreed to recall and replace fuel tanks that will better control gasoline vapors in approximately 1,000 vehicles and take other steps to control pollution stemming from the illegal import of over 12,000 recreational vehicles and highway motorcycles.   Consent Agreement and Final Order   3/4/2014
City of Great Falls, Montana and Malteurop North America, Inc. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the City of Great Falls, Mont., and Malteurop North America, Inc. (Malteurop) have agreed to control wastewater discharges that generate high levels of toxic gas in the City’s sewer system.   Consent Decree   3/3/2014
EPA Recovers $1.776 Million for Cleanup Costs at the Strube, Inc. Superfund Site United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania approved a cost recovery consent decree for more than $1.7 million that resolves the liability of Strube, Inc., Donald C. Dallmeyer, and the Estate of Craig E. Dallmeyer (Settling Defendants), in connection with the Strube, Inc. Superfund Site in Lancaster County, Penn.   Consent Decree   2/26/2014
Superfund Penalties and Punitive Damages Awarded for Noncompliance with Response Order U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa awarded EPA more than $1.6 million in penalties and more than $1.4 million in punitive damages for noncompliance with a cleanup order associated with the Dico, Inc. facility in Des Moines, Iowa.     2/24/2014
Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule - February 2014 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced enforcement actions that will require 35 home renovation contractors and training providers to take additional steps to protect communities by minimizing harmful lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Standards.   Consent Agreement and Final Order   2/18/2014
City of Mishawaka Settlement United States Attorney David Capp and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that the City of Mishawaka, Indiana has agreed to make an estimated $132.1 million worth of improvements to its combined sewer system to completely eliminate overflows of raw sewage to the St. Joseph River during a typical year of rainfall.   Consent Decree   2/12/2014
Settlement Reached for the North Alcoa Superfund Alternative Site in Illinois The settlement requires the settling defendants to perform approximately $24.9 million worth of work to address 3 million cubic yards of contaminated soil at the North Alcoa Site, Operable Unit 1, in East St. Louis, Ill.   Consent Decree   2/6/2014
EPA Receives over $54 Million from W.R. Grace Bankruptcy W.R. Grace & Co., under its bankruptcy plan of reorganization, paid over $63 million to the U.S. government to resolve claims for environmental cleanups at approximately 39 sites in 21 states, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. The payment includes approximately $54 million for the EPA.   Agreement   2/5/2014
Gasco Energy, Inc. Clean Water Act Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Gasco Energy, Inc., a Denver-based company, has agreed to permanently close a natural gas production well and fully restore approximately 2.3 acres of damaged wetlands in a floodplain adjacent to the Green River in Utah’s Uintah Basin.   Consent Decree   2/4/2014
$11 Million Cleanup Settlement Helps Protect Drinking Water in Rialto, Calif. EPA reached an $11 million settlement for contamination at the Rockets, Fireworks, and Flares Superfund Site (formerly known as the B.F. Goodrich Superfund Site) in Rialto, Calif. The settlement is with the estate of Harry Hescox, the late president of a defunct company known as Pyrotronics, which manufactured fireworks at the site.   Consent Decree   1/31/2014
$79 Million Cleanup Will Remove Toxic Lead from New Jersey Beach and Public Park EPA directed NL Industries to conduct a $79 million cleanup at the Raritan Bay Slag Superfund Site in Old Bridge and Sayreville, N.J.   Unilateral Administrative Order   1/30/2014
Savoia, Inc., BMX Imports, L.P., BMX Trading, L.L.C., and Terry Zimmer A Dallas-based group of companies and their owner must either stop importing vehicles or follow a comprehensive compliance plan to settle Clean Air Act (CAA) violations stemming from the alleged illegal import of over 24,167 highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles into the United States without proper documentation, announced the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The four parties are also required to pay a $120,000 civil penalty.   Consent Decree   1/6/2014

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