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Shell to Pay $1 Million for Water Pollution in Puerto Rico

Shell to Pay $1 Million for Water Pollution in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, January 15, 2009 (ENS) – For discharging pollutants into a creek that flows to the Caribbean Sea, a Shell petrochemical company in Puerto Rico has agreed to pay a $1,025,000 penalty and spend at least $273,800 enhancing its pollution controls and monitoring to remedy the Clean Water Act violations. The agreement…

Court Cancels EPA Clean Water Act Exemption for Pesticides

Court Cancels EPA Clean Water Act Exemption for Pesticides

CINCINNATI, Ohio, January 7, 2009 (ENS) – Environmental groups today celebrated their victory as an appeals court vacated a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that has allowed pesticides to be applied to U.S. waters without a Clean Water Act permit. On November 27, 2007, the EPA issued the final rule, which states that pesticides applied…

Stormwater Violations Costly for Massachusetts Developer

Stormwater Violations Costly for Massachusetts Developer

BOSTON, Massachusetts, December 11, 2008 (ENS) – A Massachusetts construction company building a public high school on 35 acres next to the Aberjona River will pay a $135,000 penalty for discharging polluted stormwater from its Reading, Massachusetts construction site and four other sites in Massachusetts. The federal agency could have penalized the developer up to…

New Rule: Clean Water Permits Voluntary for Factory Farms

New Rule: Clean Water Permits Voluntary for Factory Farms

WASHINGTON, DC, November 3, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration finalized a rule Friday that allows more than 15,000 factory farms across the country to avoid certain requirements of the Clean Water Act if they claim they do not discharge animal wastes into lakes, rivers and streams. Federal officials said the rule will help protect…

Reading High School Builder Hit With $157,500 Fine

Reading High School Builder Hit With $157,500 Fine

BOSTON, Massachusetts, August 3, 2008 (ENS) – TLT Construction Corp. faces an administrative penalty of up to $157,500 for violating requirements of the federal Clean Water Act at a construction site in Reading, Massachusetts. In May 2004, TLT began construction of the town’s new high school – Reading Memorial High School located at 62 Oakland…

Suffolk Downs Must Reduce Bacterial Waste in Stormwater

Suffolk Downs Must Reduce Bacterial Waste in Stormwater

BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 19, 2008 (ENS) – The Suffolk Downs, New England’s preeminent thoroughbred racing venue in East Boston, has been ordered to take immediate action to reduce pollutants being discharged to Sales Creek, a tributary to Boston Harbor. According to the U.S. EPA, Suffolk Downs is violating the federal Clean Water Act due to…

Battery Company Faces $10,000/Day Fines for Overflows

Battery Company Faces $10,000/Day Fines for Overflows

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, March 3, 2008 (ENS) – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has ordered Exide Technologies of Reading to clean and maintain an industrial wastewater discharge line that resulted in unpermitted discharges from the city’s stormwater system. Lime deposits inside the discharge pipe have shrunk the internal diameter, causing backups that overflow the system.…

Fort Wayne Faces $250 Million Bill for Sewer Upgrades

Fort Wayne Faces $250 Million Bill for Sewer Upgrades

FORT WAYNE, Indiana, January 2, 2008 (ENS) – The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana has agreed to make an estimated $250 million worth of improvements to resolve longstanding problems with overflows from its sewer system, the U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week. The improvements are expected to reduce the volume…

Sides Line Up in Florida State-Federal Water Dispute

Sides Line Up in Florida State-Federal Water Dispute

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, January 2, 2008 (ENS) – A lawsuit by three environmental groups seeking to force the South Florida Water Management District to obtain federal discharge permits for pumping water into Florida’s largest lake has attracted a large number of opponents. Nine states and dozens of agencies and organizations filed legal briefs in…