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Rapanos Will Pay for Clean Water Act Violations

Rapanos Will Pay for Clean Water Act Violations

DETROIT, Michigan, December 30, 2008 (ENS) – In long-running case that affects the scope of federal jurisdiction over wetlands and other waters, developer John Rapanos and related defendants agreed Monday to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act at three sites in Midland and Bay counties, Michigan. Rapanos has agreed to pay a $150,000 civil…

ExxonMobil Fined for Violating Clean Air Decree at Four Refineries

ExxonMobil Fined for Violating Clean Air Decree at Four Refineries

WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2008 (ENS) – 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, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. “The Department of Justice will not tolerate violation of our consent decrees,”…

Arizona Developer Fined $1M for Altering Santa Cruz River

Arizona Developer Fined $1M for Altering Santa Cruz River

PHOENIX, Arizona, October 13, 2008 (ENS) – An Arizona land developer and a contractor have agreed to pay one of the largest fines in the history of the U.S. EPA to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act for bulldozing, filling, and diverting five miles of the Santa Cruz River, a major waterway in…

Illinois Cement Plant Forced to Cut Air Pollution

Illinois Cement Plant Forced to Cut Air Pollution

CHICAGO, Illinois, September 9, 2008 (ENS) – In the first settlement secured by the federal government in its enforcement of the Clean Air Act to reduce air emissions from Portland cement plants, two companies that own and operate a cement plant near Dixon, Illinois will pay an $800,000 civil penalty and install pollution controls. The…

Ohio Nuclear Engineer Convicted of Lying About Cracks in Reactor

Ohio Nuclear Engineer Convicted of Lying About Cracks in Reactor

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 26, 2008 (ENS) – At Oak Harbor, Ohio, 21 miles southeast of the city of Toledo, lies the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, where a hole the size of a football was discovered in the head of the nuclear reactor vessel in March 2002. Today, a federal jury in Toledo convicted a former…

Fix Agreed for Landfill Fouling California, Southwest Drinking Water

Fix Agreed for Landfill Fouling California, Southwest Drinking Water

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, August 8, 2008 (ENS) – The operator of a closed landfill near Las Vegas that has been leaking contaminants into the lake that provides drinking water to Las Vegas, Phoenix and southern California has agreed to construct and operate a $36 million remedy for the site and to pay a $1 million…

Pfizer Pays First Fine Under New Pharmaceutical Air Rules

Pfizer Pays First Fine Under New Pharmaceutical Air Rules

GROTON, Connecticut, June 25, 2008 (ENS) – 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, Connecticut. The company stopped making pharmaceuticals at the plant in January. The settlement is the first of its type…

Careless Damage to Pipeline Costs Oklahoma Company Millions

Careless Damage to Pipeline Costs Oklahoma Company Millions

KANSAS CITY, Kansas, June 16, 2008 (ENS) – Eight years of gasoline and fuel oil spills from pipelines in Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and Arkansas into nearby waterways has cost a publicly traded Oklahoma pipeline company more than $5 million. Magellan Midstream Partners today agreed to pay a $5.3 million civil penalty for these alleged…

Home Builders Settle Stormwater Violations for $4.3 Million

Home Builders Settle Stormwater Violations for $4.3 Million

WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2008 (ENS) – Four of the country’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 announced today. The four separate settlements resolve alleged violations of stormwater runoff regulations at construction…

Three Companies Pay $500,000 for Scottsdale Water Pollution

Three Companies Pay $500,000 for Scottsdale Water Pollution

PHOENIX, Arizona, May 19, 2008 (ENS) – Motorola, Inc., Siemens Corp. and GlaxoSmithKline will collectively pay a $500,000 civil penalty for system failures that led to the release of trichloroethylene, TCE, into the public drinking water system in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. TCE above contamination limits was…

$295 Million Price Tag to Reduce Water Pollution in Lexington

$295 Million Price Tag to Reduce Water Pollution in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, March 17, 2008 (ENS) – 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 stormwater. In addition, LFUCG will pay a…

Home Depot Fined for Construction Site Runoff in 28 States

Home Depot Fined for Construction Site Runoff in 28 States

WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2008 (ENS) – 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 at 34 construction sites in 28 states where new Home Depot stores were built. The U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,…

CBS Will Pay $31 Million to Clean Indiana Superfund Sites

CBS Will Pay $31 Million to Clean Indiana Superfund Sites

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana, February 20, 2008 (ENS) – CBS Corp. has agreed to pay $31.35 million to resolve all outstanding liability related to the cleanup of six Superfund sites in and near Bloomington, Indiana, the U.S. Justice Department, Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Indiana announced Tuesday. CBS is the corporate successor to Westinghouse Electric…

Sham Mississippi Hazwaste Operator Jailed

Sham Mississippi Hazwaste Operator Jailed

NATCHEZ, Mississippi, February 7, 2008 (ENS) – Dennie Eugene Pridemore had been paid to take millions of pounds of hazardous waste containing the toxic heavy metals cadmium, chromium and lead and recycle it into marketable products at his facility in Yazoo City, Mississippi. But instead he buried the wastes in trenches and produced products that…

Atlantic Richfield Pays $187 Million to Clean Montana River

Atlantic Richfield Pays $187 Million to Clean Montana River

BUTTE, Montana, February 7, 2008 (ENS) – Decades of mining activity in Butte and Anaconda has contaminated the sediment, banks and floodplain of the Clark Fork River with heavy metals that harm plant and animal life in the river and along its shores. Today, the Atlantic Richfield Company, ARCO, agreed to pay $187 million that…

Tamarack Resort Fined $185,000 for Stormwater Violations

Tamarack Resort Fined $185,000 for Stormwater Violations

BOISE, Idaho, January 24, 2008 (ENS) – The Tamarack Resort, located 100 miles north of Boise, has agreed to pay a $185,000 penalty to the federal government to resolve breaches of the Clean Water Act arising from stormwater violations discovered on the resort’s property in 2005 and 2006, Today’s agreement also calls for Tamarack to…

Chinese Smugglers Caught With Endangered Sea Turtle Shell

Chinese Smugglers Caught With Endangered Sea Turtle Shell

DENVER, Colorado, January 11, 2008 (ENS) – Guitar picks and violin bows made from the shells of endangered hawksbill sea turtles plus several pounds of raw hawksbill shell sent to the United States from China were intercepted by U.S. authorities, who busted a group of Chinese nationals and charged them with smuggling. Fu Yiner, a…

Polluting Philly Drinking Water Costs Merck $20 Million

Polluting Philly Drinking Water Costs Merck $20 Million

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, December 13, 2007 (ENS) – Merck, the global pharmaceutical research company, has agreed to resolve violations of federal and state water pollution control regulations arising from spills of pollutants at its pharmaceutical plant outside of Philadelphia. The spills entered a waterway that supplies 40 percent of Philadelphia’s drinking water. In one of the…