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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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2016 Civil Cases and Settlements by Date

Respondent Description Type of Order Date
The City of West Haven, Connecticut The city is authorized under a Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge stormwater through its MS4 to the New Haven Harbor provided it complies with all provisions of the permit.   Consent Decree   12/15/2016
Gary Sanitary District and City of Gary Clean Water Settlement U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice have reached an agreement with the city of Gary and the Gary Sanitary District that will resolve long-standing violations of the Clean Water Act, including the release of raw sewage. The city will pay a civil fine of $75,000 and take corrective steps starting immediately and continuing over the next 25 years to eliminate these problems.   Consent Decree   12/12/2016
Slawson Exploration Co. Inc. The settlement with Slawson Exploration Company, Inc., resolves alleged Clean Air Act (CAA)violations stemming from the company's oil and gas production activities in North Dakota, including on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The settlement resolves claims that Slawson failed to adequately design, operate, and maintain vapor control systems on its storage tanks at its approximately 170 oil and natural gas well pads, resulting in emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).   Consent Decree   12/1/2016
$5.5 Million Settlement for PCB Cleanup at the Ward Transformer Superfund Site A settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and multiple parties was approved, which requires potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to fund and perform a $5.5 million cleanup of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in areas surrounding the Ward Transformer Superfund site in Raleigh, NC.   Consent Decree   11/22/2016
CITGO Petroleum Corporation and PDV Midwest Refining, LLC Settlement CITGO Petroleum Corporation and PDV Midwest Refining, LLC (collectively, CITGO) have agreed to pay a $1,955,000 civil penalty, perform environmental projects totaling more than $2 million, and spend an estimated $42 million in injunctive relief to resolve Clean Air Act violations and violations of CITGO’s global refinery consent decree at its refinery, located in Lemont, Illinois.   Consent Decree   11/10/2016
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., and Suzuki Motor Corporation Clean Air Act Administrative Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an administrative settlement with motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. and Suzuki Motor Corporation that resolves alleged Clean Air Act violations for manufacturing, importing and selling model year 2012 motorcycles that failed to meet the EPA average emission standard for the Suzuki on-highway motorcycle fleet, and for submitting falsified production reports based on incorrect motorcycle production volumes to demonstrate compliance with the emission standard.   Consent Agreement and Final Order   11/8/2016
FY2016 Enforcement Actions for the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) EPA completed over 100 federal enforcement actions during fiscal year 2016 that require renovation contractors, landlords and others to protect communities and public health from exposure to lead.   Consent Agreement and Final Order   11/3/2016
Detroit Diesel Corp. The settlement with Detroit Diesel Corp. resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act for selling heavy-duty diesel engines that were not certified by EPA and did not meet applicable emission standards. Under the settlement, Detroit Diesel will spend $14.5 million on projects to reduce nitrogen oxide and other pollutants, including replacing high-polluting diesel school buses and locomotive engines with models that meet current emissions standards. Detroit Diesel will also pay a $14 million civil penalty.   Consent Decree   10/6/2016
Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC Clean Air Act (CAA) Settlement with Iowa-based Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC that resolves allegations that the company entered into a series of transactions in 2011, that resulted in the generation of more than 36 million invalid renewable fuel credits. Western Dubuque will pay a civil penalty of $6 million.   Consent Decree   10/4/2016
$165 Million Settlement to Start Cleanup Work on the Passaic River in New Jersey EPA entered into a settlement agreement with Occidental Chemical Corporation to perform engineering and design work needed to begin the cleanup of the lower 8.3 miles of the lower Passaic River at an estimated cost of $165 million.   Administrative Order on Consent   9/30/2016
New York Racing Association (NYRA) The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has violated Section 301 of the CWA by discharging pollutants into waters of the United States from Defendant’s Aqueduct Racetrack in violation of conditions of its New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“SPDES”) General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (“CAFO General Permit”) and the Clean Water Act (CWA)   Consent Decree   9/30/2016
Southern Coal Corporation Global The settlement with Southern Coal Corporation and 26 affiliated mining companies for violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) requires the companies to make comprehensive upgrades to their coal mining and processing operations to prevent discharges of polluted wastewater from their mines in Appalachia. The estimated cost of these measures is $5 million.   Consent Decree   9/30/2016
Total Environmental Solutions, Inc. (TESI) A consent decree modification was filed on Sept. 30, 2016 for Total Environmental Solutions, Inc. (TESI) for violations of the Clean Water Act. (CWA) The first consent decree was issued on Dec. 21, 2000 for TESI. However, under the Dec. 21, 2000 consent decree, violations continued and the parties found that facility-specific problems existed.Total Environmental Solutions, Inc. (TESI) owns and operates 161 individual sewage treatment plants and the connection collection system in Louisiana.   Consent Decree   9/30/2016
Chemoil Corporation This renewable fuel standard settlement with Chemoil Corporation requires the company to retire 65 million renewable fuel credits to resolve alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The current market value of the credits -- along with an additional 7.7 million renewable identification numbers (RINs) already retired by Chemoil -- is more than $71 million. Chemoil will also pay a $27 million civil penalty under the settlement, the largest in the history of the EPA’s fuel programs.   Consent Decree   9/29/2016
Sears Home Improvement Products Inc The settlement with Sears Home Improvement Products Inc. resolves alleged violations of the federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule for work performed by Sears’ contractors during home renovation projects across the country. This settlement will improve public health protections from lead pollution during home renovations.   Consent Decree   9/28/2016
Agreement results in $18.75 million for cleanup work and $500,000 for natural resources restoration at Ohio Superfund site The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the departments of Justice and Interior, and the state of Ohio announced that Rutgers Organics Corporation (Rutgers) agreed to complete the cleanup of the Nease Chemical Superfund Site (Site) near Salem, Ohio, estimated to cost $18.75 million.   Consent Decree   9/9/2016
Harley-Davidson Clean Air Act Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with Harley-Davidson, Inc., Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company, Inc., and Harley-Davidson Motor Company Operations, Inc. (collectively Harley-Davidson), that requires the companies to stop selling and to buy back and destroy illegal tuning devices that increase air pollution from their motorcycles, and to sell only tuning devices that are certified to meet Clean Air Act emissions standards.   Consent Decree   8/18/2016
$143 million Cleanup Settlement Reached at New Mexico Mine Site EPA, DOJ, and the state of New Mexico announced a settlement with Chevron Mining, Inc. (CMI) requiring approximately $143 million in cleanup work at the Chevron Questa Mine Superfund Site.   Settlement Agreement   8/9/2016
Consol Energy Inc., CNX Coal Resources LP, and Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company LLC Clean Water Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the state of Pennsylvania, announced today that Consol Energy Inc., CNX Coal Resources and Consol Pennsylvania Coal Co., LLC (“Consol”) have agreed to implement extensive water management and monitoring activities to prevent contaminated discharges of mining wastewater from the Bailey Mine Complex (Complex) in Greene and Washington Counties, Pa., to the Ohio River and its tributaries.   Consent Decree   8/4/2016
EPA Issues RCRA Corrective Action Order to Expedite Cleanup at the US Magnesium Facility EPA) issued an administrative order on consent under section 3008(h) of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to US Magnesium LLC for cleanup work at the US Magnesium facility in Toole County, Utah.   Administrative Order on Consent   8/3/2016
Lone Star Industries, Inc. (Buzzi), Clean Air Act Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) announced today a Clean Air Act (CAA) settlement with Lone Star Industries, Inc., d/b/a Buzzi Unicem USA (Buzzi), which covers Buzzi’s Portland cement manufacturing facility in Missouri.   Consent Decree   8/1/2016
$29 Million Cleanup Settlement at the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site Under a settlement announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Honeywell International Inc. and Georgia Power Company will spend almost $29 million to clean up a 760-acre saltwater marsh at the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site in Brunswick, GA.   Consent Decree   7/29/2016
Nevada Department of Transportation Clean Water Settlement The agreement requires NDOT to establish a stormwater management program to control pollutants entering waters, spend $200,000 on an environmental project that will provide real-time water quality data to the public and pay $60,000 each to EPA and NDEP.   Consent Decree   7/28/2016
Cemex, Inc., Global Clean Air Act Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with Cemex, Inc., under which the company will invest approximately $10 million to cut emissions of harmful air pollution at five of its cement manufacturing plants in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.   Consent Decree   7/27/2016
Enbridge Clean Water Act Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice today announced a settlement with Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership and several related Enbridge companies to resolve claims stemming from its 2010 oil spills in Marshall, Mich. and Romeoville, Ill.   Consent Decree   7/20/2016
Agreement Results in Innovate Cleanup Addressing Vapor Intrusion EPA) and TRW Automotive U.S. LLC entered into a settlement agreement that requires the company to address trichloroethylene (TCE) vapor contamination within Meramec Caverns, a tourist cave within the La Jolla Spring Complex near Sullivan, Missouri. The estimated cost to cleanup the vapor contamination is $1.5 million.   Settlement Agreement   7/19/2016
Tesoro and Par Clean Air Act Settlement EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced a $425 million settlement with subsidiaries of Tesoro Corp., and Par Hawaii Refining that will increase public health protections by reducing air pollution at six refineries and resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations at those same refineries.   Consent Decree   7/18/2016
Cleanup Settlement Reduces Threat of Contaminated Groundwater in Massachusetts EPA announced a settlement agreement with several potentially responsible parties (PRPs) worth approximately $5.7 million to prevent contamination of the public water supply wellfield in Acton, Mass.   Settlement Agreement   7/12/2016
John Hubenka and LeClair Irrigation District Clean Water Act Settlement The settlement agreement in this matter resolves a Clean Water Act (“CWA”) civil judicial action against John Hubenka and LeClair Irrigation District (“LID”) for unlawful discharges into the Wind River in Fremont County, Wyoming.   Settlement Agreement   7/11/2016
Sunoco Pipeline, L.P. Clean Water Act Settlement EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Sunoco Pipeline, L.P. (Sunoco) has agreed to pay a civil penalty and implement corrective measures for alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2009 crude oil spill from Sunoco’s Barbers Hill, Texas facility and a 2011 crude oil spill from Sunoco’s Cromwell, Oklahoma facility.   Consent Decree   7/11/2016
Volkswagen Clean Air Act Partial Settlement On June 28, 2016, the United States lodged with the court a settlement with automakers Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., and Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC (collectively “Volkswagen”). The settlement partially resolves allegations that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) by the sale of approximately 500,000 model year 2009 to 2015 motor vehicles containing 2.0 liter diesel engines equipped with “defeat devices” (“CAA 2.0 liter partial settlement”).   Consent Decree   6/28/2016
D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. Clean Water Act Settlement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice today announced that D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc., has settled Clean Water Act (CWA) violations involving its two large-scale breweries near Pottsville, Pennsylvania.   Consent Decree   6/23/2016
Trader Joe’s Company Clean Air Act Settlement The national grocery store chain Trader Joe’s Company has agreed to reduce emissions of potent greenhouse gases from refrigeration equipment at 453 of its stores under a proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.   Consent Decree   6/21/2016
Settlement Reached at Salt Creek Park Firing Range Site In the consent decree, the PRPs agreed to reimburse EPA for over $800,000 of the costs the Agency incurred when it cleaned up lead and other contaminants at the Salt Creek Park Firing Range.   Consent Decree   6/13/2016
First Amendment to 2012 U.S. v. Marathon Petroleum Co. Clean Air Act Consent Decree On June 9, 2016, EPA and DOJ announced that Marathon, under an amendment to the 2012 agreement, will spend $319 million to install state-of-the-art Flare Gas Recovery Systems (FGRSs) that will capture and recycle gases that would otherwise be sent to flares at facilities in Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan and Ohio.   Amended Consent Decree   6/9/2016
EPA Finalizes Agreement with New York City on Design Elements of Gowanus Canal Cleanup EPA announced an agreement with the City of New York that secures the design elements for one of two retention tanks, which is a key component of the Gowanus Canal cleanup.   Settlement Agreement   6/6/2016
Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative Clean Water Act Settlement U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today announced a $6 million agreement with the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative to resolve Clean Water Act violations at its processing facility near Renville, Minn. The company manufactures refined sugar, liquid sugar and other products from sugar beets.   Consent Decree   5/12/2016
$6.8 Million Penalty for Violations at Rodale Manufacturing Superfund Site in Pennsylvania U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Schneider Electric USA agreed to pay a $6,868,975 penalty for allegedly violating the terms of a 2002 court-approved Superfund consent decree.   Agreement   5/3/2016
OXY USA Agrees to Settlements Valued at $50 Million for Work at Tennessee Superfund Site EPA announced settlement agreements valued at approximately $50 million for cleanup work and reimbursement of past cleanup costs at the Copper Basin Mining District Superfund Site in Polk County, Tenn.   Consent Decree   4/22/2016
$78 Million Clean Up Settlement will address Groundwater Contamination at California Superfund Site EPA and the Department of Justice announced that a group of 66 companies have agreed to clean up contaminated groundwater at the Omega Chemical Corporation Superfund Site in Whittier, Calif. The settlement requires the companies to spend an estimated $70 million to install wells and operate a groundwater treatment system.   Consent Decree   4/20/2016
EPA Orders $25+ million Cleanup Along the Kalamazoo River EPA issued a unilateral administrative order (UAO) to three companies requiring cleanup work valued at $25 – $30 million for removal of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated sediment and soil from a 1.7-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River.   Unilateral Administrative Order   4/15/2016
EPA Recovers Over $10 million for Cleanup Costs at the Gilt Edge Mine Site EPA) and the state of South Dakota reached agreement with Coca Mines, Inc., and Thomas Congdon to settle their respective liabilities at the Gilt Edge Mine Superfund Site by making a payment of just over $10 million.   Consent Decree   4/15/2016
EPA Recovers $6 Million for Costs to Cleanup Colorado Abandoned Hard Rock Mine Site EPA, Department of Justice (DOJ) and the state of Colorado reached an agreement with CoCa Mines, Inc. (CoCa), to settle its liabilities at the Nelson Tunnel/Commodore Waste Rock Superfund Site (Site) by paying $6 million in past cleanup costs.   Settlement Agreement   3/1/2016
Salt Lake County, Utah Clean Water Act Settlement Salt Lake County, Utah owns and operates a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The County is authorized under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge stormwater through its MS4 to the Jordan River, its tributaries, and tributaries of the Great Salt Lake provided it complies with all provisions of the permit.   Consent Decree   2/2/2016
Greenville, Mississippi Clean Water Settlement he City of Greenville, MS (City) owns and operates the Greenville Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTP), approximately 200 miles of sanitary sewer lines, and 100 sanitary sewer pump stations and associated appurtenances.   Consent Decree   1/28/2016
EPA and Navy Reach Multimillion Dollar Cleanup Agreement for Gorst Creek site EPA) and the U.S. Navy reached a multimillion dollar agreement to remove a landfill located in Gorst Creek south of Bremerton, Wash.   Agreement   1/20/2016

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