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Polluters (and Other Violators) of the Week - 2005
(More like bi-weekly, actually)

*True cases of environmental criminals and other violators of environmental laws, regulations and statutes from real court cases

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The EPA and its federal, state and local law enforcement partners investigate and prosecute significant and egregious violations of environmental laws. These investigations involve, but are not limited to, the illegal disposal of hazardous waste; the illegal discharge of pollutants to a water of the United States; the illegal importation of certain restricted or regulated chemicals into the United States; tampering with a drinking water supply; mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering relating to environmental criminal activities.

People often ask us, "It seems like companies get away with polluting all the time, just look at Exxon and the Valdez!"  While it may be true that some companies treat the environment, your community's well-being and your health like a doormat and act as though their crimes are nothing more than a public relations expense; individuals and companies are being caught all the time.  And the penalties are severe!  Follow Detective Joe Friday and read on to learn about the appalling gall of these jerks and their crimes.

It is EHSO's opinion that our society's obsession with money and instant wealth, combined with a generally apathetic public, and politicians more concerned with polls than pollution is leading to an increase in pollution and deliberate polluters.   If you suspect a persistent polluter in your area, email us (or click here to use the EPA's report a violator form) for instructions to assist the EPA in catching him!   To search a company's compliance history, click here!

Disclaimer: The following news stories are all taken verbatim from EPA releases, so don't even think of trying to sue us if you or your firm's name is here! We will WELCOME the publicity! Will your company?

Pollution Cases in 2005:

See the news about the SEC indictment of Waste Management former senior officers - Dean Buntrock and Phil Rooney and others! These guys were doing "Enron" long before you ever heard of Enron!

Don't know which EPA Region You are in?  Click here for the map of EPA regions - it will pop up in a new window which you can print or close.

December 2005

12/31/2005 Environmental Response Unified Command to Continue in 2006
12/30/2005 Conn. DPW to Pay Over $38,000 To Settle EPA Claims of Clean Water Act Violations
12/21/2005 U.S. Announces $94 Million Clean Air Act Settlement with Chrysler Over Emission Control Defects on 1.5 Million Jeep and Dodge Vehicles
12/21/2005 EPA cites Keystone Steel & Wire for clean-air violations
12/21/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Wabash Alloys on clean-air violations
12/19/2005 EPA cites Domtar for clean-air violations
12/19/2005 EPA cites Continental Tire for clean-air violations
12/19/2005 EPA Proposes to Find Missouri Plan Inadequate to Attain Air Standard for Lead in Herculaneum
12/16/2005 EPA Amends Enforcement Provisions for California's Phase 3 Reformulated Gasoline Program
12/16/2005 EPA Orders Union Pacific to Complete Omaha Lead Site Soil Cleanup Work
12/15/2005 Norwood, Mass. Manufacturer Agrees to Pay $8,250 for Pesticide Violations
12/14/2005 Advisory: EPA Announces Largest Civil Administrative Penalty In Its History for Dupont PFOA Violations
12/14/2005 EPA Settles PFOA Case Against DuPont for Largest Environmental Administrative Penalty in Agency History
12/13/2005 Biddeford, Maine Mill Owner Agrees to Pay $12,000 to Settle Clean Water Violations
12/13/2005 Plymouth State in NH Settles EPA Charges of Hazardous Waste Violations
12/12/2005 Carydale Apartment Management LLC Settles Violations of Lead-Paint Notification Rule in Alexandria and Arlington, Va.
12/12/2005 Foundry in Columbia, Pa. Settles Hazardous Waste Violations
12/12/2005 Federal, State and Local Agencies Coordinate Storm Water Enforcement Actions in North Carolina Under The Clean Water Act
12/07/2005 Greek Shipping Company To Pay $1 Million Fine in Oil Pollution Case
12/07/2005 EPA fines Guam Waterworks Authority $32,000 for failure to meet federal court order requirements
12/06/2005 EPA cites Pilkington North America for clean-air violations
12/06/2005 EPA cites Lehigh Cement for clean-air violations
12/02/2005 EPA cites Del's Metal for clean-air violations
12/02/2005 EPA cites Top Die for clean-air violations
12/02/2005 EPA Celebrates the Nation's Cleaner Environment on its 35th Anniversary
12/02/2005 EPA Orders Nixa to Clean Up Sewage Spill, Notify Residents, Develop Plant Safeguards
12/01/2005 EPA cites Greif Brothers and H-O-H Chemicals for clean-air violations
12/01/2005 EPA ORDERS CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY UTILITIES TO CORRECT CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS
12/01/2005 U.S. EPA fines Shell Oil of Bakersfield $16,500 for chemical reporting violations

November 2005

11/30/2005 Surveyor Pleads Guilty in North Carolina Wetlands Case
11/30/2005 EPA AMENDS ENFORCEMENT ORDER WITH UNION PACIFIC
11/29/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Checkmate Boats
11/28/2005 Media Advisory: EPA to co-sponsor Clean-Diesel workshop in Columbus, Ohio

11/22/2005

U.S. EPA, South Coast Air District settle with L.A. foam maker for $369,000 over air quality violations
11/22/2005 U.S. EPA orders companies to remove DDT-contaminated soil
11/21/2005 EPA Takes Five Enforcement Actions Against New England Companies
Cases Focus on Chemical Management and Accident Prevention
11/17/2005 Two Arizona companies save $109,500 by reporting their own violations to the EPA
11/17/2005 13 California companies save $586,054 by reporting their violations to EPA
11/16/2005 EPA Enforcement Going Strong Nationally And Locally
11/16/2005 EPA Region 6 Enforcement Cuts Pollution by 163 Million Pounds
11/15/2005 EPA Enforcement Cuts Pollution by 1 Billion Pounds; Requires $10 Billion to Be Spent on Cleaning Up
11/15/2005 U.S. EPA’s enforcement efforts yield nearly $3 billion in environmental improvements in California in 2005
11/15/2005 EPA increases environmental enforcement actions in Pacific Islands by 40 percent in 2005
11/15/2005 U.S. EPA's enforcement program nets major cleanups, pollution reductions in Arizona in 2005
11/15/2005 EPA announces Hawai'i environmental enforcement accomplishments for 2005
11/14/2005 EPA to Discuss Enforcement Actions for FY 2005
11/10/2005 United States reaches $1 million settlement with Seven-up/RC Bottling Company of So Cal
11/10/2005 EPA fines oil producer $40,000 for oil spill and water violations
11/09/2005 EPA Partners With New Brunswick Public Schools To Boost Compliance With Federal Rules
11/08/2005 EPA settles with Dow Corning/Aegis Environmental Management on pesticide export violations; includes $268,288 penalty
11/04/2005 Lone Moose Meadows agrees to restore damaged wetlands and pay $165,000
11/02/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Pickens Plastics
11/02/2005 EPA cites Blommer Chocolate for clean-air violations
11/01/2005 EPA cites Remelt Services for clean-air violations
11/01/2005 EPA cites Celanese for clean-air violations
11/01/2005 Wal-Mart Settles Clean Air Violations with Campaign to Reduce Diesel Pollution

October 2005

10/31/2005 EPA cites TWF Industries for hazardous waste violations; $270,000 penalty proposed
10/28/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Cognis on clean-air violations
10/28/2005 Hospitals in Maine and New Hampshire Are First to Sign Expedited Agreement for Violations of Oil Spill Prevention Laws
10/28/2005 EPA TO COLLECT AN ADDITIONAL $1.1 MILLION FOR CLEANING UP KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, SUPERFUND SITE
10/27/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Mercury Marine on clean-air violations
10/27/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Morton International

10/27/2005

EPA Cites Dry Cleaner in Charlotte Amalie
10/26/2005 Utah Restaurant Company Sentenced for Clean Air Act Violation
10/26/2005 EPA reaches agreement with CITGO on clean-air violations
10/26/2005 Sixteen companies to pay a combined $14.9 million for cleanup at San Gabriel Superfund site
10/25/2005 EPA cites B & B Metals for clean-air violations
10/25/2005 EPA cites Sunoco Chemical for clean-air violations
10/25/2005 EPA settles with three Ohio companies for chemical release reporting violations
10/25/2005 EPA files complaint against Cincinnati company for alleged hazardous material reporting violations
10/25/2005 EPA cites GNW Aluminum for clean-air violations
10/21/2005 EPA settles with two Illinois companies for chemical release reporting violations
10/20/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Indianapolis Casting
10/20/2005 EPA reaches agreement with three northwest Indiana corporations
10/19/2005 EPA cites Chicago landlords for lead-based paint violations; $107,030 penalty proposed
10/19/2005 EPA cites Chicago landlords for lead-based paint violations; $107,030 penalty proposed
10/19/2005 EPA fines San Luis, Ariz. $6,000
10/18/2005 EPA settles with FCF Fishery, reimbursed $20,000 for gas cylinder removal in American Samoa
10/18/2005 U.S. EPA, DOJ, finalize $900,000 settlement with ARCO for air violations at Port of Long Beach
10/17/2005 EPA orders Lupton, Ariz. truck stop to monitor drinking water
10/17/2005 U.S. EPA orders Chandler, Ariz. subdivision to monitor drinking water
10/14/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Pharmacia & Upjohn
10/14/2005 EPA Proposes Fine Against the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts for Clean Water Act Violations
10/13/2005 Major International Shipping Company Sentenced for Falsifying Oil Record Book
10/13/2005 Illinois Man Charged with Million Gallon Dairy Waste Discharge
10/13/2005 California Man Arrested and Charged with Oil Release from Scuttled Boat, False Statements, Obstructing an Investigation and Obstructing a Waterway
10/13/2005 Washington State Man Charged with Sinking Fishing Boat Off California Coast
10/13/2005
U.S., Illinois reach agreement with ExxonMobil for violations at
Joliet refinery
10/13/2005 EPA Reaches Settlement at Morses Pond Culvert Site in Wellesley, MA
10/12/2005 U.S. EPA settles with Southern California resins and coatings company for failing to submit timely toxic reports
10/11/2005 EPA Proposes RI Manufacturer Pay $215,273 Fine for Clean Air Act Violations

10/11/2005

U.S. EPA settles with Fremont, Calif. industrial safety products company for failing to submit timely toxic reports
10/07/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Carmeuse Lime
10/06/2005 Fort James agrees to EPA order
10/06/2005 Hawai'i DOT agrees to pay $1 million to resolve storm water violations
10/05/2005 EPA cites Anchor Glass for clean-air violations
10/05/2005 Connecticut Landlord Faces $82,720 EPA Penalty for Violating Lead Paint Disclosure Requirements
10/05/2005 EPA Cites Puerto Rico University at Mayagüez For Multiple Violations of Environmental Safety Rules
10/05/2005 U.S. EPA settles with Glidden Co. for $95,000 over hazardous chemicals cleanup in Riverside County
10/05/2005 U.S. EPA fines Azusa plastics firm $150,000 for air violations
10/05/2005 U.S. EPA orders Nevada-based Oakley, Inc. to comply with wastewater rules
10/05/2005 U.S. EPA receives $259,472 in clean up costs at former Alhambra toxic waste facility
10/04/2005 EPA cites Merit and Shell for clean-air violations
10/04/2005 EPA settles with Glidden/ICI Paints on hazardous waste violations; includes $100,115 penalty
10/04/2005 EPA cites Holland Terminal for clean-air violations
10/03/2005 EPA TO INSPECT 100 MISSOURI UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS

September 2005

09/30/2005 EPA cites food flavor manufacturer for clean-air violations
09/30/2005 EPA cites Circuitronics for hazardous waste violations; $45,087 penalty proposed
09/30/2005 EPA cites Trialco for clean-air violations
09/29/2005 EPA settles with Badger Meter on hazardous waste violations; includes $105,400 penalty
09/29/2005 EPA AMENDS ENFORCEMENT ORDER WITH UNION PACIFIC
09/28/2005 Idaho Developer Convicted of Clean Water Act Violations
09/28/2005 Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for Falsifying Underground Storage Tank Closure Reports
09/28/2005 EPA files complaint against Asarco for air violations at Arizona smelter
09/28/2005 U.S. EPA settles with a Southern California firm for $9,600 for selling unregistered pesticides in Guam
09/28/2005 EPA orders Wittmann, Ariz. public water system to monitor drinking water
09/28/2005 EPA fines Guam Waterworks Authority $22,000 for inadequate monitoring
09/28/2005 U.S. EPA settles with Southern California plumbing supplies company for failing to submit timely toxic reports
09/27/2005 EPA cites Tate & Lyle North America for clean-air violations
09/27/2005 EPA cites CertainTeed for clean-air violations

09/27/2005

U.S. EPA fines Azusa pharmaceutical company $9,400 over hazardous waste storage
09/26/2005 East Bay company to pay $13,900 for violation of federal environmental laws
09/23/2005 Dana-Farber Volunteers for Comprehensive Environmental Audit
09/22/2005 Colorado Man Sentenced for Violating the Clean Water Act
09/22/2005 Pennsylvania Man Pleads to Conspiracy to Violate the Clean Water Act
09/22/2005 Alabama Foundry Sentenced to Pay $4.25 Million for RCRA and OSHA Violations
09/22/2005 Florida Man and Two Pennsylvania Companies Plead Guilty in Hazardous Waste Case
09/22/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Intrametco
09/22/2005 Connecticut Manufacturer Fined for Violating Financial Requirements of Hazardous Waste Law
09/22/2005 Kinder Morgan to pay $34,000 for San Diego jet fuel discharge
09/21/2005 EPA, DOJ and state of Ohio reach agreement with U.S. Steel
09/21/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Stepan
09/21/2005 U.S. EPA settles with Southern California waste recovery firm for toxic chemical reporting violations
09/21/2005 U.S. EPA settles with two Southern California pesticide companies
09/21/2005 Penalty sought from South Dakota developers for wetlands, waterway destruction
09/20/2005 Braintree Manufacturer Agrees to Pay $10,447 for Environmental Violations
09/20/2005 U.S. EPA fines central California company $10,400 for selling misbranded pesticide
09/20/2005 Los Angeles company ordered to stop selling unregistered pesticides
09/20/2005 Eleven companies agree to pay $8.25 Million to clean up Los Angeles area Superfund site
09/19/2005 Hawaii company fined $8,800 for selling unregistered pesticides
09/19/2005 U.S. EPA fines Santa Fe Springs company $16,500 for hazardous waste generator violations
09/19/2005 Pesticide aerial applicator fined $4,160 for allowing pesticide to drift onto Arizona residence
09/16/2005 U.S. EPA fines industrial paint manufacturer $26,200 for hazardous waste violations in Fontana
09/15/2005 EPA reaches agreement with BNSF Railway on St. Regis cleanup
09/15/2005 EPA cites Innovene USA for clean-air violations
09/15/2005 New Investigations at GE Pittsfield / Housatonic River Site will Look for Additional Buried Drums
09/15/2005 EPA Orders Bacardi to Comply With Clean Water Act
09/14/2005 Florida Man and Two Pennsylvania Companies Charged in Hazardous Waste Case
09/14/2005 Virginia Man Sentenced for Clean Water Act Violations

09/14/2005

U.S. EPA orders five Southern California dairies to comply with federal Clean Water Act
09/13/2005 U.S. Announces Clean Air Agreement with Nation's Largest Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal Operator -
Operator to Properly Calculate Benzene Emissions at Ten Facilities in Eight States
09/09/2005 EPA cites Scott Brass for clean-air violations
09/09/2005 USVI & VIWMA Agree to Clean Up Scrap Area Open Dump Next to Anguilla on St. Croix
09/02/2005 U.S. EPA fines Pomona, Calif. auto dismantler $15,000 for stormwater violations
09/01/2005 Federal, Multi-State Clean Air Act Settlement
with Cargill, Inc., Secures Major Pollution Reductions -
Eighty-one Percent of Uncontrolled Ethanol Production Capacity Now Under Federal Consent Decrees
09/01/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Cargill
09/01/2005 FEDERAL, MULTI-STATE CLEAN AIR ACT SETTLEMENT WITH CARGILL, INC. SECURES MAJOR POLLUTION REDUCTIONS
09/01/2005 EPA fines Guam Waterworks Authority $2,000 for lack of standby generators

August 2005

08/31/2005 EPA cites Minnesota Metal Finishing for hazardous waste violations; proposes $300,000 penalty
08/31/2005 ANIMAL FEEDLOT OPERATORS IN EASTERN NEBRASKA CITED FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS
08/30/2005 EPA: Evansville area meets ozone standard
08/30/2005 EPA cites Barron County Solid Waste Management Board for clean-air violations
08/30/2005 EPA Warns Connecticut Schools About Oil Spill Risks and Informs on Proper Prevention Techniques
08/30/2005 U.S. EPA settles with Marin County company for chemical reporting violations
08/30/2005 EPA reaches agreement with potentially responsible parties at Arizona Superfund Site
08/29/2005 EPA cites WCI Steel for clean-air violations
08/29/2005 EPA cites Akron Thermal for clean-air violations
08/24/2005 Wilmington Manufacturer Fined for Violating Hazardous Waste Laws
08/24/2005 U.S. EPA settles hazardous waste case with East Bay foundry
08/23/2005 EPA fines Porterville, CA company $4,400 for pesticide packaging violations
08/23/2005 EPA fines Honolulu company $2,376 for importing unregistered mothballs
08/23/2005 City of Westminster agrees to pay $115,000 for violating its EPA issued biosolids permit
08/22/2005 Hughson Chemical agrees to pay U.S. EPA $51,480 to resolve pesticide violations
08/22/2005 Municipal, corporate parties will pay $13.9M for cleanup of Lowry Landfill Superfund site near Denver
08/19/2005 Three Arkansas Underground Storage Tank Owners to Pay $108,000 in Penalties
08/19/2005 Richmond, Calif. foundry agrees to pay U.S. EPA $15,000 to resolve hazardous waste violations
08/18/2005 Cosmed Agrees to Pay $1.5 Million for Clean Air Act Violations-Agreement will Result in Improved Air Quality in Six States
08/18/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Cosmed

08/18/2005

EPA settles with State Industrial Products Corp. on pesticide export violations
08/18/2005 EPA settles with QMA on hazardous waste violations
08/18/2005 R.I.-Based Sterilization Firm Will Pay Fine, Undertake Air Quality Improvement Projects, to Resolve Air Violations - Projects will eliminate 235 tons of air pollution
08/18/2005 Cosmed Group, Inc. Agrees to Pay $1.5 Million for Clean Air Act Violations Agreement
08/18/2005 Cosmed Group, Inc. Agrees to Pay $1.5 Million for Clean Air Act Violations
08/18/2005 EPA orders medical waste incinerator in Saipan to close
08/17/2005 New York Man Pleads Guilty to Drinking Water Monitoring Violation
08/17/2005 ConAgra Signs Clean Water Act Permit Plea Agreement for Violations at Minnesota Facility
08/17/2005 EPA cites Ohio company for two oil spill containment plan violations; proposed fines total $218,000
08/17/2005 EPA Cites Cleaner in Christiansted for Hazardous Waste Violations
08/17/2005 EPA fines hazardous waste company on Arizona tribal lands $67,888
08/17/2005 Mobil and BP will pay EPA $343,454 to resolve violations in American Samoa
08/16/2005 EPA cites Anchor for clean-air violations
08/16/2005 INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI, DEVELOPER CITED FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS
08/15/2005 Thousands Sign Up for Animal Feeding Operations Air Compliance Agreement
08/12/2005 North Attleborough Fined for Wastewater Violations at Public Works Facility
08/12/2005 Southern California company will pay U.S. EPA $413,540 for Superfund cleanup
08/11/2005 Sacramento, Calif. developers agree to pay EPA $32,500 in penalties for wetlands damage
08/10/2005 EPA Takes Action to Correct Wetlands Violations In San Isidro
08/09/2005 Owner of Stowe Ski Resort Settles Claims Related to Oil Spill Incidents in 2003
08/08/2005 U.S. EPA settles hazardous waste case with Sparks electroplating facility
08/05/2005 EPA reaches agreement with three companies on architectural coating rules violations
08/05/2005 Vermont-Based Veterans Administration Hospital Cited & Fined For Improper Handling & Storage of Hazardous Waste
08/05/2005 U.S. EPA settles with Southern California electronics firm over toxic chemical release reporting violations
08/04/2005 Owner and Operator of Tanker Plead Guilty to Dumping Charges
08/04/2005 EPA cites Republic Engineered Products for clean-air violations
08/04/2005 Rhode Island Flooring Contractor Agrees to Pay $22,000 Penalty
To Resolve EPA Asbestos Claims
08/04/2005 EPA CITES U.S. WATER COMPANY, LEXINGTON, MO., FOR CLEAN AIR ACT AND COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW VIOLATIONS
08/04/2005 EPA fines Guam Waterworks Authority $4,000 for failing to comply with order

08/03/2005

EPA cites Wisconsin, Minnesota companies for hazardous chemicals recordkeeping
08/03/2005 EPA Reaches Agreement with New Mexico Refiner
08/03/2005 U.S. EPA reduces fine for Petaluma company from $27,719 to zero for self reporting violations; Helix Polycold reported and corrected toxic chemical release information
08/03/2005 U.S. EPA, Caltrans settle case over improper hazardous waste storage; Toll bridge maintenance facility fined $12,382
08/02/2005 EPA Cracks Down on Illegal Development of Wetlands in Western Puerto Rico
08/02/2005 U.S. EPA fines KB Home Nevada, Inc. $80,000 for Clean Water Act violations

July 2005

07/29/2005 Animal Feeding Operation Air Agreement Signup Period Extended
07/27/2005 Owner of Florida Labor Camp and Three Others Charged with Federal Violations
07/27/2005 Men from Illinois and Missouri Charged in Arkansas Waste Case
07/27/2005 Louisiana Man Convicted of Witness Tampering in Arkansas Endangered Species Case
07/27/2005 South Carolina Company Officials Sentenced in Clean Water Act Case
07/22/2005 Licking County will improve wastewater treatment plant to settle government lawsuit
07/22/2005 U.S. EPA fines Galt, Calif developer $47,500 for filling Cosgrove Creek and wetlands
07/20/2005 EPA: comment period ends August 22 for Grand Casino Mille Lacs draft air permit
07/20/2005 EPA cites Premcor for clean-air violations
07/20/2005 Fall River Textile Firm Cited for Clean Air Violations
07/18/2005 U.S. EPA reduces fine for San Jose circuit manufacturer self reporting violations
07/15/2005 EPA cites Lesaffre and Sensient for clean-air violations
07/14/2005 Hazardous chemical reporting roundup: EPA settles American Electric Power and Sewall Gear cases; cites St. Paul, Minn., and Monroe, Mich. companies
07/14/2005 EPA cites Chicago Carbon for clean-air violations
07/13/2005 Two Virginia Companies and Two Individuals Plead Guilty in False Certificate Case
07/13/2005 Utah Restaurant Company Pleads Guilty to Clean Air Act Violation
07/13/2005 Two Men Charged With Violating Clean Water Act in Tennessee
07/13/2005 Two Men Convicted of Illegal Asbestos Removal in the Virgin Islands
07/13/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Kikkoman Foods
07/13/2005 EPA reaches agreement with CSN
07/13/2005 Oil Company in Readsboro to Pay $15,000 for Violations of Oil Regulations
07/13/2005 U.S. EPA settles air pollution case with Kerr-McGee in Henderson, Nev.
07/13/2005 U.S. EPA orders businessman, companies, to cleanup Long Beach property

07/12/2005

EPA reaches agreement with Lehigh Cement
07/12/2005 Maine Community College System Settles EPA Action for Hazardous Waste Violations
07/12/2005 EPA Proposes $17,600 fine against Braintree Manufacturer for Environmental Violations
07/12/2005 United States files Superfund Suit for Reimbursement of Cleanup Costs at a Site in Oyster Bay, New York - Former Location of Claremont Polychemicals Corporation Facility
07/11/2005 EPA Seeks Penalty Against Middleboro, Mass. Company for Violating Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Requirements
07/11/2005 U.S. EPA settles with three Southern California pesticide companies; fines total $18,200
07/11/2005 U.S. EPA settles water violations with Seven-Up Bottling's Sacramento, Calif. facility
07/11/2005 U.S. EPA fines Sparks company for selling misbranded pesticides
07/07/2005 EPA cites Arkema for clean-air violations
07/07/2005 EPA settles with Ibiden Circuits on hazardous waste violations; $56,684 penalty assessed
07/07/2005 EPA cites Doboy for hazardous waste violations; proposes $189,372 penalty
07/06/2005 EPA cites H. Kramer for clean-air violations
07/06/2005 EPA settles with Sun Chemical on hazardous waste violations; includes $42,723 fine and environmental project
07/06/2005 U.S. EPA reminds utilities of looming arsenic deadline
Smaller water providers in Central Calif,. Nev,. Ariz., most affected in West
07/05/2005 Exeter Company to Pay $14,000 For Violating Clean Air and Emergency Response Laws
07/05/2005 Portland, Maine College of Art Fined for Violating Hazardous Waste Laws
07/05/2005 EPA Proposes to Fine Wal-Mart for Clean Water Act Violations

June 2005

06/30/2005 EPA cites Rea Magnet Wire for clean-air violations
06/30/2005 EPA cites Alton Steel for clean-air violations
06/30/2005 EPA Teams Up With NJDEP to Assess Compliance of Facilities Around Exit 13 of the New Jersey Turnpike
06/30/2005 EPA fines landlord $13,675 for lead-based paint violations in Tucson, Ariz.
06/29/2005 EPA settles with Gunite; includes $69,510 penalty and environmental project
06/29/2005 EPA Files Complaint Against Landlord for Failing to Warn Tenants About Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing in MA, RI and CT
06/29/2005 EPA Region 4 Tracks Environmental Progress through Results Fiscal Year 2003-2004 Accomplishments Report Released
06/28/2005 Michigan Paint Manufacturer Faces Prison for Illegal Waste Storage
06/28/2005 Elyria Recycling agrees to EPA order to protect stratospheric ozone
06/28/2005 EPA cites Von Roll for hazardous waste violations; $643,908 penalty proposed
06/28/2005 Town of Newtown Agrees to Pay Penalty For Oil Spill From School
06/28/2005 KC AREA DEVELOPERS CITED FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS

06/28/2005

U.S. EPA settles case against three companies for pesticide violations
06/23/2005 Animal Feeding Operations Air Compliance Agreement Signup Period Extended
06/23/2005 Keene Ordered to Pay Penalty for Clean Water Violations at Its Wastewater Treatment Plant
06/22/2005 EPA orders Oakland facility to comply with its stormwater permit
06/21/2005 Additional Comments Sought on Parts of Hazardous Air Emissions Rule
06/21/2005 EPA settles case against vegetable farmer for failing to protect field workers from pesticides
06/20/2005 EPA cites Multi-Cast for clean-air violations
06/20/2005 EPA Stabilizes Portions of Crown Vantage Landfill and Reaches Settlement With Private Party
06/20/2005 U.S. EPA settles lead paint disclosure case with San Jose landlord
06/16/2005 National Parks and Wilderness Areas Protected by Clean Air Visibility Rule
06/16/2005 United States Announces Clean Air Agreements
with Valero and Sunoco - Two Petroleum Refiners to Reduce Harmful Emissions by 44,000 Tons Annually
06/16/2005 EPA proposes $116,150 penalty against Big Lots for selling mislabeled and unregistered pesticide products
06/16/2005 U.S. EPA orders Vallejo, Calif. to remove chemical from drinking water
06/16/2005 EPA awards Palo Alto nonprofit $204,604 to study business park transit system
06/15/2005 Volkswagen of America, Inc., Agrees to Pay More Than $1 Million for Clean Air Act Violation
06/15/2005 EPA reaches agreement with M & M Drying
06/15/2005 EPA cites Remelt Services for clean-air violations
06/15/2005 Region 4 Files Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) with Bill Collins Oil Company, Inc. to Resolve Alleged Violations of Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA)
06/15/2005 EPA settles with Guam Office of Civil Defense for underground storage tank violations
06/15/2005 Kinder Morgan will pay U.S. EPA $26,300 to resolve violations at Truckee, Nev. facility
06/14/2005 EPA settles case against Southern California company for pesticide violations
06/14/2005 U.S. EPA fines Los Angeles apartment property manager over lead-based paint disclosure violations for several properties
06/13/2005 Chesapeake Bay Partners Take Actions to Reduce Bay Pollution
06/13/2005 McWane Inc., and Executives Found Guilty of Environmental Crimes
Alabama Pipe Company Violated Clean Water Act
06/13/2005 EPA: Cincinnati area meets one-hour smog standard
06/13/2005 EPA orders Union Pacific to prevent oil discharges in Martinez, Calif.
06/13/2005 EPA orders Saipan rock quarry to clean up freestanding used oil and improve used oil management
06/08/2005 EPA fines Phoenix company for hazardous air pollutant violations
06/07/2005 EPA cites Michigan Sugar for clean-air violations

06/06/2005

New Source Review Response Stresses Improvements to Permitting Program
06/06/2005 EPA cites Checkmate Boats for clean-air violations
06/06/2005 Settlement secures $1.32M in penalties, environmental projects on Wind River Reservation
06/02/2005 EPA Upholds Reformulated Gas Requirement in California, New York, and Connecticut
06/02/2005 News Brief - EPA's latest development: Communities Reduce Smog Ahead of Schedule
06/01/2005 Mercury Marine agrees to EPA order to meet air pollutant standards
06/01/2005 EPA’s Latest Underground Storage Tank Inspections in Idaho Revealed Improved Leak Compliance
06/01/2005 Oakland facility agrees to pay U.S. EPA $8,800 to resolve reporting violations
06/01/2005 EPA lodges consent decree for Wellington-Oro Superfund site

May 2005

05/31/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Grainger
05/31/2005 Cleanup plan proposed for Columbiana County Superfund Site; comment period begins, meeting June 22
05/31/2005 EPA orders Commonwealth Port Authority to clean up and improve hazardous waste management
05/27/2005 Rule Planned to Ease Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel Transition
05/27/2005 U.S. EPA orders Clean Harbors to correct violations of federal Clean Water Act in San Jose
05/26/2005 National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Charter Renewed
05/26/2005 EPA cites St. Marys Cement for clean-air violations
05/26/2005 EPA cites Degussa Goldschmidt for clean-air violations
05/25/2005 Individual and Company Pleaded Guilty to Violating Clean Water Act
05/25/2005 St. Louis Man Sentenced for Environmental, Fraud Violations
05/24/2005 EPA Ozone Petition Response Stresses Smooth Transition to Stronger Standard
05/24/2005 RI Real Estate Investor Agrees to Pay $11,000 to Settle Violations of Lead Disclosure Laws
05/24/2005 EPA finds Las Vegas area complies with federal carbon monoxide standard
05/23/2005 EPA reaches agreement with J & J Cores on clean-air violations
05/23/2005 EPA cites Morton International for clean-air violations
05/23/2005 EPA redesignates Phoenix area as attaining 1-hour ozone standard; Area reports eight years of clean data
05/20/2005 EPA cites Quebecor World St. Cloud for clean-air violations
05/20/2005 EPA cites Stone Container for clean-air violations
05/19/2005 Blending Policy Revisited
05/19/2005 Industrial Excess Landfill update: consent decree entered, Ohio EPA recovers costs, sampling scheduled

05/19/2005

EPA settles with Hawai’i Department of Transportation for oil spill prevention violations
05/18/2005 EPA fines Guam Waterworks Authority $17,750 for failing to comply with order
05/17/2005 EPA initiates penalty actions against 21 facilities in WY under the Clean Water Act
05/13/2005 Concrete Company (Empire Transit Mix, Inc.) Pleads Guilty to Fouling Newtown Creek
Half of Penalty to Fund Restoration Work
05/13/2005 U.S. EPA places Superfund lien on land at former Northern California mine; Agency hopes to recover $27 million in cleanup costs
05/13/2005 EPA fines oil production company $40,000 for oil spill prevention violations
05/12/2005 Kinder Morgan agrees to buy emergency response equipment for Truckee River Corridor area
05/11/2005 Landmark Clean Air Interstate Rule to Take Effect
05/11/2005 EPA Issues Final Amendments to Four National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
05/11/2005 EPA settles with True Value on hazardous waste violations; includes $74,323 penalty
05/10/2005 EPA settles with Lockheed Martin on PCB violations
05/10/2005 U.S. EPA orders Solano Irrigation District to remove chemical from drinking water
05/10/2005 EPA orders mining company to comply with Clean Water Act in Santa Barbara County
05/09/2005 EPA reaches agreement with BP Whiting refinery
05/05/2005 Ten U.S. Corporations Pledge Greenhouse Gas Cuts
05/05/2005 EPA cites GNW Aluminum for clean-air violations
05/05/2005 Northstar Aerospace agrees to EPA order to keep records
05/05/2005 N.H. Dept. of Corrections Ordered to Stop Discharging Wastewater From Laconia Facility
05/05/2005 EPA Fines Dredging Company for Violations of Ocean Dumping Act
05/05/2005 U.S. EPA reaches a $47,500 settlement with Chemical Waste Management for monitoring violations
05/05/2005 EPA settles dust violations with Phoenix construction company for $53,000
05/03/2005 UMDNJ Takes on Environmentally Beneficial Projects Under Agreement With EPA
Projects are Part of Consent Order to Settle Past Hazardous Waste Violations
05/03/2005 U.S. EPA deletes Salinas, Calif. facility from federal Superfund list
05/03/2005 EPA approves final remedy for Del Monte Superfund Site
05/02/2005 U.S. Announces Clean Air Act Settlement with Dupont in New Johnsonville, Tennessee
05/02/2005 U.S. EPA announces $187 million sewage system agreement with city of San Diego

April 2005

04/27/2005 EPA to Discuss Air Quality with Chinese Officials at April 27-28 Meeting in D.C.
04/27/2005 Minnesota Metal Finisher Sentenced in Sewer Line Case
04/27/2005 Man Indicted in Idaho Wastewater Treatment Plant Case

04/27/2005

Iowa Dairy Farmer Convicted of Violating Clean Water Act
04/25/2005 EPA orders 'Stop Sale' of illegal pet flea control products
04/25/2005 EPA fines Pang & Son for selling illegal pet products
04/25/2005 U.S. EPA fines three California companies for pesticide violations
04/22/2005 EPA, Dept. of Justice settle with AK Steel's Mansfield plant, company to pay $187,500
04/22/2005 Citation agrees to EPA order to melt only clean aluminum scrap
04/22/2005 EPA cites Georgia-Pacific for clean-air violations
04/22/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Fort James on clean-air violations
04/20/2005 New Hampshire Landlord to Spend $28,000 to Settle Lead Paint Violations
04/20/2005 Glass company agrees to reduce air pollution and pay $929,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations
04/20/2005 U.S. EPA Fines Fresno Company For Selling Misbranded Pesticides
04/19/2005 EPA cites Daramic for clean-air violations
04/19/2005 EPA and Catholic University to Provide Hazardous Waste Training at Schools
University Will Pay Penalty and Spend $141,000 Implementing School Programs
04/19/2005 ADOT agrees to pay $54,625 fine for Clean Air Act violations
04/15/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Von Roll on clean-air violations
04/14/2005 Oregon Man Pleads to False Statements About Lead Disclosure Forms
04/14/2005 Pennsylvania Company President and Firm Sentenced in Clean Water Act Case
04/14/2005 EPA cites Cemex for clean-air violations
04/12/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Strong Steel on clean-air violations
04/08/2005 Ship's Engineer Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice
04/08/2005 Tennessee Drinking Water Plant Operator Pleads Guilty
04/08/2005 Georgia Cattle Company, Owner and Farm Manager Sentenced for Causing Bird Kill
04/08/2005 Mobil to pay nearly $1 million for Clean Air Act violations; Company to spend close to $100,000 on medical equipment for local health center
04/07/2005 EPA cites Intrametco for clean-air violations
04/07/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Spectro alloys
04/06/2005 U.S. EPA orders Yuba City company to correct federal Clean Water Act violations
04/05/2005 Twelve Additional Areas now Meet National Air Quality Standards for Fine Particle Pollution
04/05/2005 EPA changes fine particle designations for counties in Indiana and Ohio
04/05/2005 U.S. EPA Finds San Diego County Meets Federal Fine Particulate Standard

04/05/2005

U.S. EPA Finds San Diego County Meets Federal Fine Particulate Standard
04/05/2005 U.S. EPA cites Guam Waterworks for underground fuel tank violations
04/04/2005 Evergreen to Pay Largest-Ever Penalty for Concealing Vessel Pollution- Container Shipping Company to Pay $25 Million
04/04/2005 Chairman of Shipping Line Sentenced For Illegal Dumping of Waste Oil from Tanker
04/01/2005 First Toxic Air Pollutant Risk Standards Strengthen Coke Oven Controls
04/01/2005 Man Who Served Year in Prison for Environmental Fraud Conviction Indicted Again
04/01/2005 Second Man Sentenced in Michigan Waste Treatment Facility Case
04/01/2005 President of Former Pennsylvania Laboratory Sentenced for Mail Fraud
04/01/2005 Valero Refinery agrees to pay U.S. EPA $97,940 to settle environmental violations
04/01/2005 Tucson chrome plating shop corrects hazardous waste violations

March 2005

03/31/2005 Cleveland Corp. Agrees To EPA Order To Comply With ‘Sweat Furnace’ Requirements
03/31/2005 EPA Complaint Against Rhode Island Flooring Contractor Seeks $70,535 Penalty For Violations Related to Its Handling of Asbestos Flooring At Church Building
03/31/2005 EPA proposes penalties for underground storage tank violations at two Idaho convenience stores
03/30/2005 Town of Newtown Faces Fine Of Up To $32,500 For Oil Spill From School
03/30/2005 United States Files Superfund Suit for Reimbursement of Cleanup Costs at a Groundwater Contamination Site in Great Neck, New York
Former Location of Stanton Cleaners Dry Cleaning Operations
03/30/2005 Unitek Environmental Guam to pay $14,000 for hazardous waste violations
03/30/2005 EPA orders Oahu Sugar to begin cleanup investigation at Waipio Peninsula pesticide mixing site
03/29/2005 EPA Announces Results of Annual Sulfur Dioxide Auction
03/29/2005 EPA fines Yuma company $55,375 for reporting violations
03/24/2005 Oregon Man Sentenced in Illegal Paint Disposal Case
03/24/2005 Idaho Company Charged with Violating Clean Water Act
03/23/2005 EPA ISSUES UNILATERAL ORDER TO DOE RUN FOR CLEANUP AT ELVINS MINE TAILINGS SITE, PARK HILLS, MO.
03/23/2005 LANDOWNERS IN WESTERN NEBRASKA CITED FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS
03/23/2005 EPA halts water pollution from construction sites in Benson, Ariz.
03/22/2005 McWane Pipe Manufacturing Facility in Texas Will Plead Guilty to Air Violations, Pay $4.5 Million
03/22/2005 EPA cites Reilly Industries for clean-air violations
03/22/2005 EPA reaches agreement with Aluminum Recovery Technologies
03/22/2005 $2.6 million settlement with OMC bankruptcy estate; separate agreement with Waukegan helps revitalization
03/22/2005 U.S. Proposes to Settle With Companies at the Kin-Buc Landfill Superfund Site, in Edison, New Jersey
03/21/2005 EPA and Private Parties Reach Settlement Over Superfund Site in Essex County (Bayonne Barrel & Drum)
March 2005 Headquarter News
(03/22/2005) McWane Pipe Manufacturing Facility in Texas Will Plead Guilty to Air Violations, Pay $4.5 Million - Tyler Pipe Company, a division of McWane Inc., has agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts, pay a criminal fine of $4.5 million, and undertake extensive upgrades at its iron foundry facility located near the City of Tyler in Smith County, Texas, arising from its illegal construction and operation of the facility's south plant cupola.
(03/18/2005) Ohio Edison Company, W.H. Sammis Power Station - On March 18, 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice announced a major Clean Air Act (CAA) New Source Review Program (NSR) settlement with Ohio Edison Company (Ohio Edison), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., to resolve CAA violations at the company's W.H. Sammis Power Plant located in Stratton, Ohio, several of the company's coal-fired power plants in Illinois. The states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit and also joined the settlement. [For more information]
(03/17/2005) Federal Court Sentences Motiva Enterprises to $10 Million Criminal Fine - Motiva Pleads Guilty to Negligent Endangerment and Clean Water Act Violations - (Washington, D.C.-March 17, 2005) Thomas L. Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division, Thomas V. Skinner, Acting Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Richard G. Andrews, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced today that Motiva Enterprises LLC pleaded guilty to negligently endangering workers at its former refinery in Delaware City, Delaware, discharging pollutants into the Delaware River and negligently releasing sulfuric acid into the air, both in violation of the Clean Air Act. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Chief U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson immediately sentenced Motiva to pay a fine of $10 million and to serve a three-year term of probation.
(03/16/2005) Air Quality Agreement with Animal Feeding Operations Comment Period Extended - Animal Feeding Operation Air Quality Agreement Comment and Signup Period Extended in order to provide more time for public comment and for stakeholders to make informed decisions about participation, the comment period will be reopened on EPA's air quality compliance agreement to address emissions from certain animal feeding operations, also known as AFOs.
(03/16/2005) Michigan Paint Manufacturer Faces Prison for Illegal Waste Storage - Norman Solomon of Farmington Hills, Mich., president of Michigan Industrial Finishes Corporation, pleaded guilty on Feb. 25 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit to violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by illegally storing more than 2,000 55-gallon drums and other containers of highly-flammable paint-related solvents. In his plea, the defendant admitted to storing the drums illegally for more than 90 days a time between 1997 and 2004 despite the fact that he had entered into a consent decree with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in 1997 to resolve the storage issues. The ignitable spent solvents being stored illegally included xylene, toluene and methyl ethyl ketone. EPA estimates that Superfund cleanup costs at the site will be approximately $4 million. The case was investigated by the Detroit Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division acting in conjunction with the Southeast Michigan Multi-Agency Environmental Task Force. EPA's National Enforcement Investigations Center provided technical support. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Detroit.
(03/16/2005) San Diego Printed Circuit Board Company and Officers Plead to Illegal Discharge into Sewers - Moore Printed Circuits (MPC) of San Diego, Calif., and Ghanshyambhai Patel of Chicago, Ill., one of MPC's owners, pleaded guilty on Feb. 18 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego. MPC pleaded to illegal discharges in violation of the Clean Water Act and Patel pleaded to conspiracy. Paramanand Sheth, president of MPC, previously pleaded guilty in the same case. In 2003, pollution control equipment at MPC was broken and the owners decided that it would be too expensive to fix the problem. Instead, workers at the plant tampered with monitoring equipment and manipulated the flow of wastewater when inspectors visited to make it appear as if the facility was complying with its NPDES discharge permit. This prevented the inspectors from knowing that the company was discharging more than its allowed limit of copper into public sewers. San Diego's Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant is not designed to eliminate copper from wastewater. Therefore, copper arriving at the plant is discharged into the Pacific Ocean where it can damage fish and other aquatic life. MPC has agreed to pay a $75,000 fine, the other defendants' sentences are yet to be determined. The case was investigated by the San Diego Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of the EPA Water Program and EPA's National Enforcement Investigations Center. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego.
(03/16/2005) Utah Man Indicted in Asbestos Case - The indictment of Alan Young of St. George, Utah, in U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City was announced on March 3. Young is charged with being involved in a scheme to conceal the illegal handling of asbestos-containing material. Young worked as a supervisor on the Black Ridge Road Project in St. George during January and February of 2001. During this time concrete water pipes containing asbestos were excavated and crushed and federal workplace standards for asbestos were allegedly not followed. Not following workplace standards can expose workers to the inhalation of airborne asbestos which is a cause of lung cancer, a lung disease known as "asbestosis" and mesothelioma which is a cancer of the chest and abdominal cavities. The case was investigated by the Salt Lake City Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the Utah attorney general's Office. It is being prosecuted by the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. attorney's office in Salt Lake City.
(03/09/2005) Laboratory Owner Who Obstructed EPA Case Sentenced to 46 Months Imprisonment on Second Lab Fraud Conviction - In an effort to create consistent laws across the country EPA will host the first state/industry workshops to develop a model state or local idling law for heavy-duty trucks and buses. About half the country has state or local laws limiting the amount of time a vehicle can idle. Many of these laws differ from state to state creating an inconsistent patchwork of laws which is confusing to truck drivers and fleets. For example, some state laws limit idling to 3, 5, 10, or 30 minutes, and others exempt a truck from the time limit if the temperature is below 10°, 20°, or 32°. EPA will convene representatives from state air pollution control agencies, trucking associations, truck drivers, environmental organizations and health associations. The goal is to develop a consensus approach to eliminating these inconsistencies. The workshops will be held in Washington, D.C. over the next few months. Dates will be announced later. For more information about this effort, or to request participation in the workshops, visit: http://www.epa.gov/smartway .
(03/09/2005) Three Individuals and Two Corporations Found Guilty in Mississippi Wetlands Case - On Feb. 25, Robert Lucas, Jr., of Lucedale, Miss.; Robbie Lucas Wrigley of Ocean Springs, Miss.; and M.E. Thompson, Jr., of D'Iberville, Miss.; were found guilty by a jury in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in Jackson, Miss., of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally constructing septic systems and dredging and filling wetland areas within a 2620-acre home site development in Vancleave, Miss. Additionally, two of Lucas' corporations, Big Hill Acres Inc., and Consolidated Investments Inc., were found guilty of conspiracy and mail fraud in connection with this case. The defendants misrepresented the habitability of the lots and installed septic systems in saturated wetland soils at the Big Hill Acres development despite the fact that the Mississippi Department of Health had warned them that they were creating a public health threat. The defendants also ignored numerous warnings and cease and desist orders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agencies were concerned that these failing septic systems could possibly contaminate the local drinking water aquifer. The case was investigated by the Jackson, Miss., Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the FBI with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service and U.S. EPA Region IV. It was prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Gulfport, Miss., and the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Section in Washington, D.C.
(03/03/2005) El Paso Waste Disposal Company Officers Sentenced in Waste Fraud Scheme - Hector Villa and Denise Y. Villa-Aceves, principals in Villafam Contracting Services, LLC, in El Paso, Texas, were sentenced on Feb. 16 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in El Paso for their roles in a conspiracy to defraud the City of El Paso. From April 1999 to July 2003, the defendants were involved in a scheme to submit fraudulent invoices to the city. The defendants inflated the amounts they charged for the hazardous waste their company collected and disposed of under a contract with the city. Hector Villa was ordered to serve five years in prison, pay $685,410.35 in restitution to he City of El Paso and will be placed on three years of court supervision when he is released from prison. Denise Y. Villa-Aceves was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service. The case was investigated by the El Paso Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The U.S. attorney's office in El Paso prosecuted this case.
(03/03/2005) Minnesota Warehouse/Supply Company Sentenced for Illegal Hazardous Waste Storage and Disposal - Roof Depot, which owned a store in Minneapolis, Minn., was sentenced on Feb. 16 in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in Minneapolis for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by illegally storing and disposing of hazardous wastes. The court ordered Roof Depot to pay a $75,000 criminal fine, pay restitution of more than $36,000 to the Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services (HCDES) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, pay an additional $50,000 in restitution to the Midwest Environmental Enforcement Association, provide in-kind contributions of goods worth $190,000 to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, serve five years probation and pay a special assessment of $400. In September 1998, the company brought several pallet-loads of hazardous waste roofing cement, strippers and solvents to its facility on 28th St. in Minneapolis and stored them behind some buildings under a tarp. In March 1999, these hazardous wastes were buried in an unloading dock area that the company was filling and grading. The case was investigated by the Minneapolis Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of the City of Minneapolis and HCDES. It was prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis.
March 2005 Region 1 News
(03/17/2005) EPA Proposes $255,206 Penalty Against Wilmington, Mass. Manufacturing Facility for Hazardous Waste Violations - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it has proposed a $255,206 penalty against a Wilmington, Mass. manufacturer for violating numerous federal and state laws regarding the management of its hazardous waste.
(03/03/2005) EPA seeks $171,050 from Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH for Hazardous Waste Violations - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has proposed a $171,050 penalty against Plymouth State University, in Plymouth, NH for violations of hazardous waste laws. The proposed penalty stems from violations found during an EPA inspection at the college's campus in June 2003.
March 2005 Region 2 News
(03/21/2005) EPA and Private Parties Reach Settlement Over Superfund Site in Essex County (Bayonne Barrel & Drum) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with 11 private parties, requiring them to immediately pay $800,000 for part of the $3 million in cleanup work conducted by EPA at the Bayonne Barrel & Drum Superfund site in Newark, New Jersey. The parties are also required to pay the $2.2 million balance of EPA's past cleanup expenditures, minus the value of future work that is anticipated to be conducted at the site by private parties.
(03/14/2005) EPA Reaches Settlement with Princeton Gamma-Tech, Inc. Over Two Superfund Sites in Somerset County - he federal government has reached an agreement with Princeton Gamma-Tech, Inc. Exit EPA requiring the company to pay $5 million for cleanup work at the Higgins Farm and Higgins Disposal Superfund sites, both located in Franklin Township, New Jersey. The agreement is embodied in a Consent Decree, which was lodged in December 2004 in United States District Court by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Of the $5 million payment, $3.5 million will go to Higgins Farm and $1.5 million will go to Higgins Disposal.
(03/01/2005) Clarkson University and EPA Reach Agreement on Hazardous Waste Management - Clarkson University Exit EPA disclaimer in Potsdam, New York, has agreed to pay a $45,000 penalty and comply with hazardous waste management regulations to settle a complaint brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As part of EPA's ongoing Colleges and Universities Initiative to protect the health of those working at and attending institutions of higher learning, the Agency took action against Clarkson for past violations of federal and state laws that provide for the safe handling and storage of hazardous wastes. Clarkson also entered into a separate agreement with EPA to conduct self audits of its campus facilities and operations. The self audit agreement, a major incentive of the initiative, covers all major federal environmental programs.
March 2005 Region 3 News
(03/16/2005) Pennsylvania Lab Owner Sentenced to Prison for Falsifying Environmental Test Results - On March 15, 2005, Eastern District of Pennsylvania District Court Judge James Gardner sentenced Edward V. Kellogg, 56, president of the former Johnston Laboratories, an environmental testing laboratory located in New Cumberland, Pa., to 16 months in a federal prison for falsifying environmental test results.
(03/04/2005) EPA cites Phildelphia landlord for violating federal law by not disclosing lead-based paint hazards - PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited Philadelphia landlord William A. Rowell for violating a federal law requiring landlords and homeowners to disclose the presence of known lead-based paint to prospective tenants and homebuyers
March 2005 Region 4 News
No press releases
March 2005 Region 5 News
(03/22/2005) $2.6 million settlement with OMC bankruptcy estate; separate agreement with Waukegan helps revitalization - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5, the state of Illinois and U.S. Department of Justice announce two settlements involving cleanup at Waukegan Harbor.
(03/22/2005) EPA cites Reilly Industries for clean-air violations - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Reilly Industries Inc. for alleged violations of EPA regulations to protect stratospheric ozone at the company's chemical manufacturing plant at 1500 S. Tibbs Ave., Indianapolis, Ind.
(03/22/2005) EPA reaches agreement with Aluminum Recovery Technologies - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Aluminum Recovery Technologies Inc. on alleged clean-air violations at the company's aluminum recovery plant at 2170 Production Road, Kendallville, Ind. EPA assessed a $100,000 penalty.
(03/16/2005) EPA cites ADM for clean-air violations - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Archer Daniels Midland Co. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's chemical plant at 4666 Faries Parkway, Decatur, Ill.
(03/08/2005) EPA orders Wabash Environmental Technologies not to resume operations until it gets an approved Clean Air Act operating permit - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has issued an administrative order to Wabash Environmental Technologies LLC prohibiting it from resuming operations until it gets and complies with an approved Clean Air Act operating permit for its wastewater treatment facility at 1331 S. First St., Terre Haute, Ind.
(03/07/2005) EPA cites Flavorchem for clean-air violations - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Flavorchem Corp. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's food flavoring, extracting and fragrance manufacturing plant at 1525 Brook Drive, Downers Grove, Ill
(03/03/2005) EPA Cites Koppers for Clean-Air Violations - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Koppers Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's manufacturing plant at 3900 S. Laramie Ave., Stickney, Ill.
(03/02/2005) EPA Reaches Agreement with Vector Pipeline - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Vector Pipeline L.P. on alleged clean-air violations at two company compressor stations. One station is at 2282 S. Duck Lake Road, Highland, Mich., and the other is at the intersection of Indiana Toll Road and Fail Road, LaPorte, Ind.
March 2005 Region 6 News
(03/07/2005) Illinois Power Settlement to Reduce Air Pollution by 54,000 Tons Annually - The Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the State of Illinois announced the settlement of their major Clean Air Act case alleging that Illinois Power Company and its successor, Dynegy Midwest Generation, violated the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act at the Baldwin Power Station in Baldwin, Ill. [For more information]
March 2005 Region 7 News
(03/03/2005) U.S. ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH CITY OF McCOOK, NEBRASKA, TO PROTECT DRINKING WATER AND IMPROVE SEWAGE TREATMENT - The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of Nebraska, and the Attorney General for the State of Nebraska today announced a Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act settlement with the city of McCook, Nebraska. The settlement was filed in the federal court in Omaha, Nebraska simultaneously with a complaint alleging violations of both acts
March 2005 Region 8 News
No press releases
March 2005 Region 9 News
(03/21/2005) Two Bay Area facilities pay $92,400 to resolve violations of environmental regulations - This week, an Oakland company and a Novato group agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $92,400 for distributing unregistered and misbranded pesticides.
(03/18/2005) U.S. EPA settles with Modesto company for chemical reporting violations for $39,270 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has settled a case with Custom Marble & Onyx of Modesto, Calif. for $39,270 over its violation of the federal Emergency Planning and Community-Right-to-Know Act.
(03/17/2005) U.S. EPA orders San Jose, Calif. to correct violations of federal Clean Water Act - Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered the city of San Jose, Calif. to strengthen its program that regulates wastewater from industrial facilities, as required by the federal Clean Water Act.
(03/09/2005) EPA orders Pepsi Bottling Group to correct stormwater, industrial wastewater violations on Oahu - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Pepsi Bottling Group to comply with Clean Water Act requirements at its bottling facility in Aiea.
(03/09/2005) U.S. EPA fines Buena Park company for selling misbranded pesticides - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Hanson-Loran Co. of Buena Park, California $7,040 for the alleged sale and distribution of a misbranded pesticide in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
(03/08/2005) EPA fines American Samoa shipyard for $19,500 for oil spill prevention and discharge violations - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined the owner of Southwest Marine, $19,500 for oil spill prevention violations and oil releases into Pago Pago Harbor, on Tutuila Island, American Samoa.
(03/07/2005) Santa Barbara County farming company to pay $1.15 million for wetlands violations - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Adam Brothers Farming, Inc. for the payment of $1.15 million in penalties and conservation projects, and the preservation of approximately 20 acres of wetlands, creeks, and riparian habitat on their property in Santa Barbara County.
(03/04/2005) U.S. EPA settles Clean Air Act case against Campbell Soup Supply - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has reached a $72,500 settlement with the Campbell Soup Supply Company, LLC for alleged violations of clean air regulations.
(03/03/2005) U.S. EPA, Pala Tribe sign consent orders for Clean Water Act violations in San Diego County - Under the terms of two recently signed consent orders with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Pala Band of Mission Indians have removed fill material that it had illegally placed in the San Luis Rey River and Trujillo Creek in San Diego County, Calif.
(03/02/2005) EPA fines Kauai Electric Co. for spill prevention violations - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined Kauai Electric Company $900 for oil spill prevention violations at its Port Allen, Kauai facility and ordered the company to amend its response plan and facility equipment to prevent any oil spills.
(03/02/2005) Los Angeles chemical firm agrees to pay U.S. EPA $53,749 to resolve reporting violations - Cherokee Chemical Co. Inc., of Los Angeles, has agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $53,749 for failing to submit toxic chemical release forms, a violation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
March 2005 Region 10 News
(03/17/2005) North Pacific Processors, Inc. Penalized for Waste Discharge Permit Violations in Sitka Harbor Channel - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) with North Pacific Processors, Inc. (NPPI) for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. Specifically, the Order includes a penalty of $25,000 for discharge violations at the companys (Sitka Sound Seafoods) processing facility in Sitka, Alaska. NPPI has a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit that allows them to grind & discharge solid seafood processing wastes up to to one-half inch in any dimension or smaller.
(03/09/2005) U.S. EPA seeking $76,800 penalty from Minden, Nev. developer - Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed that a Minden, Nev. developer pay $76,800 to resolve violations of the federal Clean Water Act observed during construction of a 63-acre housing development on tribal lands in Douglas County.

 

February 2005

February 2005 Headquarter News
(02/23/2005) Ship's Captain Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Justice - Ioannis Kallikis, of Athens, Greece, Captain of the Motor Vessel Katerina pleaded guilty on Feb. 16 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles to charges that he obstructed justice by advising other crew members to destroy and conceal from United States Coast Guard inspectors incriminating telexes relating to the use of bypass pipes on the vessel. The bypass pipe had been used to illegally discharge oil into the Pacific Ocean. Illegally discharging oil into the ocean can harm fish and other aquatic life. The case was investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office, the Coast Guard's Investigative Service and the Los Angeles office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.
(02/10/2005) Japanese Transportation Company Will Pay $2 Million for Dumping Oily Wastes in the Pacific Ocean - Fujitrans Corp. of Japan, operator of the Motor Vessel (MV) Cygnus, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and was sentenced on Feb. 3 in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Portland. Fujitrans was ordered to pay a $1,005,000 fine in the District of Oregon and was also ordered to pay a $335,000 fine in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California where part of the case is based. In addition, Fujitrans will pay $495,000 as community service to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and $165,000 to the Channel Islands National Park located in Ventura, Calif. Both of these payments will benefit local natural resource programs. Fujitrans was also placed on three years probation and was ordered to implement an environmental compliance program. The Cyngus is used to import automobiles into the United States. A whistleblower brought the case to the attention of federal authorities in March 2002. The whistleblower was awarded $360,000 from the fine. Crewmen of the Cygnus had used a bypass pipe to discharge oily wastes into the ocean and they had falsified the ship's Oil Record Book which records the disposition of oil and oily wastes on the ship. The discharge of oil into the ocean can be harmful to aquatic life, therefore it is very important that accurate oil record books be kept on ships and that oily wastes not be discharged into the ocean. The case was investigated by EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Coast Guard. It was prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Portland.
(02/07/2005) W.R. Grace and Executives, Charged with Endangering Libby, Montana Community, Fraud, and Obstruction of Justice - The United States Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that a federal grand jury in the District of Montana has indicted W.R. Grace and seven current and former Grace executives for knowingly endangering residents of Libby, Montana, and concealing information about the health affects of its asbestos mining operations.
(02/03/2005) Ex-Delaware Official Pleads to Clean Water Act Violation - William Daisey of Milton, Del., pleaded guilty on Jan. 24 in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington to violating the Clean Water Act by directing that water contaminated with hydrocarbons be discharged into a wetland area that borders the Great Marsh which, in turn, borders the Broadkill River. Daisey was the chief of operations for the Dredging Program of the Delaware Division of Soil and Water Conservation which is part of the Delaware Division of Natural Resources and Environmental Controls (DNREC). The Dredging Program was located at the site of a closed clam processing plant formerly operated by the Doxsee Food Company. Doxsee sold the site to the DNREC which used it as a base of operations for their dredge vessels, beach restoration equipment and crews. The site contained several tanks of used oil contaminated with water, and Daisey separated a significant quantity of the oil from the water to recover the oil to use as a heating fuel. Water left over from the process was collected in 600 gallon tanks which were then emptied into the wetland between January 2000 and April 2001. The Dredging Program did not have a permit for wetland disposal of this water which was still contaminated with residual oil. Disposing of oily wastes in wetlands can harm fish and wildlife. When sentenced, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Wilmington and the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
(02/03/2005) Georgia Cattle Company, Owner and Farm Manager Plead Guilty to Causing Bird Kill - Kahn Cattle Company of Bartow County, Georgia; Roger F. Kahn, owner of Kahn Cattle Co.; and Glen M. Bramlett, farm manager of the company, all pleaded guilty on Jan. 21 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Rome, Ga., to unlawfully killing approximately 3,300 migratory birds in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In addition, Kahn Cattle Company pleaded guilty to illegally disposing of hazardous waste in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. On or about Jan. 20, 2003, Kahn and Bramlett spread corn laced with a chemical known as Warbex around a pond on property owned by Kahn Cattle Company. The tainted corn was spread in order to kill nuisance birds. Warbex is a topical preparation that is applied to cattle to control insect pests. It contains Famphur, which is a highly toxic substance that is not meant for ingestion. As a result of this act, federal and state agents ultimately collected 3,326 birds, including a great horned owl, red-tailed hawks, mourning doves, Canada geese, a mallard duck, a cardinal, blue jays, red-winged blackbirds, a brown thrasher, grackles, crows and cowbirds. The case was investigated by the Atlanta Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with support from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta.
(02/03/2005) Minnesota Electroplating Company and Owner Plead Guilty - Hard Chrome Inc., which operated an electroplating facility in Minneapolis, Minn., pleaded guilty on Jan. 6 in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in Minneapolis to illegally storing hazardous waste in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). On the same day, Hard Chrome's owner and operator Richard Walters pleaded guilty to knowingly making and delivering a false writing with respect to Hard Chrome's illegal actions. Subject to approval of the plea by the court, the plea agreement will require Hard Chrome to implement a program to detect violations of environmental law, pay a $250,000 criminal fine, pay $42,800 to the Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services, pay $10,000 to the Midwest Environmental Enforcement Association and pay the Minneapolis Fire Department $47,200 to buy hazardous materials response equipment. The Hard Chrome plating facility had plank flooring which had gaps of several inches between the boards. Between July and October 1999, Hard Chrome operated its facility in a manner that allowed hazardous industrial wastes including liquids from plating tanks; tank bottom sludges; and wastewater treatment sludges, containing caustics, acids, zinc, nickel, chromium, cyanide and other heavy metals, to fall through the floor and pool in open lagoons in the facility's basement. Hard Chrome at no time had a RCRA permit to store these hazardous wastes. In addition, on or about Oct. 16, 2000, Richard Walters made and delivered a false writing related to the facility's operations. Open pools of hazardous waste create a serious potential for injury to humans who are exposed to them. The case was investigated by the Minneapolis Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division, the City of Minneapolis Regulatory Services, Hennepin County's Department of Environmental Services and the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services. Investigative support was provided by EPA's National Enforcement Invest
(02/03/2005) Shipping Company is Sentenced for False Oil Record Book - Pacific and Atlantic Corp. of Athens Greece, operator of the Motor Vessel John G. Lemos, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Jan. 19 in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Portland, Ore., on charges that it falsified the Lemos' Oil Record Book. Pacific and Atlantic was ordered to pay a $500,000 fine, $250,000 of which will be paid to the Columbia River Estuary Coastal Fund. In addition, Pacific and Atlantic must also establish an environmental compliance program for all 10 vessels in its fleet. On Jan. 4, the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office conducted a routine Port State Control Inspection of the Lemos at the Port of Portland. The Lemos is a 473-foot, Cypress-flagged bulk cargo carrier. The inspection of the vessel revealed false entries in the ship's Oil Record Book. After initiating a joint criminal investigation, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service and EPA Criminal Investigation Division special agents executed a federal search and seizure warrant on the Lemos and presented evidence to the grand jury three days later. Falsifying an Oil Record Book can prevent regulators from determining that a ship is following required pollution control practices. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Portland.
(02/18/2005) Middlesex County Wastewater Treatment Plant at Billerica Settles Clean Water Act Violations - BOSTON -- The Middlesex Sheriff Office and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which respectively operate and own the Billerica Jail and House of Correction in Billerica, MA, which in turn operates a domestic wastewater treatment facility, have reached a settlement with EPA stemming from violations of the federal Clean Water Act.
(02/16/2005) EPA Demands $720,250 from Three Companies for Failure to Clean up Former Rhone-Poulenc Site - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is demanding that a group of current and former owners of a south Seattle, Washington industrial chemical processing site pay $720,250 for failing to abide by the terms of an agreement to clean up industrial pollutants at the site. The agreement was created in 1993 under the authority of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
(02/16/2005) Oil companies pay U.S. EPA to settle Santa Monica MTBE cleanup costs - LOS ANGELES -- Under the terms of a settlement filed today in federal court, several oil companies will pay $1.5 million to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for costs it incurred while directing the investigation and cleanup of methyl tertiary butyl ether or MTBE, a gasoline additive, from a groundwater basin formerly used for drinking water by the City of Santa Monica.
(02/15/2005) EPA cites Anchor Glass for clean-air violations - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Anchor Glass Container Corp. for alleged clean-air violations at the companys glass container manufacturing plant at 200 W. Belleview Dr., Lawrenceburg, Ind.
(02/15/2005) EPA cites Kemlite for clean-air violations - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Kemlite Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's plastics manufacturing plant at 23525 W. Eames St., Channahon, Ill.
(02/07/2005) W.R. Grace and Executives, Charged with Endangering Libby, Montana Community, Fraud, and Obstruction of Justice - The United States Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that a federal grand jury in the District of Montana has indicted W.R. Grace and seven current and former Grace executives for knowingly endangering residents of Libby, Montana, and concealing information about the health affects of its asbestos mining operations.
(02/03/2005) EPA Cites Martex for Failure to Protect Its Workers' Safety at Two Farms in Puerto Rico - SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has filed a complaint against Martex Farms Exit EPA disclaimer for violating the worker protection provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Martex owns numerous large commercial farms covering thousands of acres in Puerto Rico and has over 300 employees.
February 2005 Region 1 News
(02/18/2005) Middlesex County Wastewater Treatment Plant at Billerica Settles Clean Water Act Violations - BOSTON -- The Middlesex Sheriff Office and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which respectively operate and own the Billerica Jail and House of Correction in Billerica, MA, which in turn operates a domestic wastewater treatment facility, have reached a settlement with EPA stemming from violations of the federal Clean Water Act.
(02/14/2005) Portsmouth Regional Hospital Voluntarily Corrects Environmental Violations - BOSTON -- Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire voluntarily discovered and corrected environmental violations at its facility by doing the kind of environmental self-audit being promoted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The hospital was one of the first in New England to voluntarily audit, disclose and correct the violations.
(02/09/2005) EPA Announces Fifth Order Requiring Holyoke to Fix High-Priority CSO Discharges - BOSTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it has issued the fifth in a series of administrative orders requiring the city of Holyoke take action to reduce untreated sewage flowing into the Connecticut River.
(02/01/2005) Holyoke Settles Clean Water Act Violations for $27,000 - BOSTON -- The City of Holyoke has agreed to pay $27,000 to settle claims that it failed to fully implement its EPA approved industrial pretreatment program in accordance with its federal discharge permit and federal pretreatment regulations at the city's wastewater treatment plant.
(02/01/2005) Lewiston Landlord Will Make Improvements and Pay Fine to Address Lead Issues - BOSTON -- The owners of seven apartment units in the Lewiston area have agreed to pay a fine and to replace windows and doors containing lead-based paint at one of their residential housing properties in Auburn, ME to settle EPA charges that the companies failed to notify prospective tenants of risks from exposure to lead-based paint.
February 2005 Region 2 News
(02/24/2005) EPA Orders Ice Manufacturer to Fix Systems; One of Several EPA Actions in Rochester to Improve Health and Environment - An order was issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against Happy Ice, a packaged ice manufacturing and cold storage facility in Fairport, New York. Under the Clean Air Act, EPA has ordered Happy Ice Exit EPA disclaimer to immediately bring the ammonia refrigeration systems at its facility on Turk Hill Road into compliance. During an inspection of the facility, EPA found that its ammonia refrigeration system was not operating safely and needed repairs, including repairs to stop leaks. This is the latest action of a broad initiative to improve public health and the environment in Rochester.
(02/03/2005) EPA Cites Martex for Failure to Protect Its Workers' Safety at Two Farms in Puerto Rico - SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has filed a complaint against Martex Farms Exit EPA disclaimer for violating the worker protection provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Martex owns numerous large commercial farms covering thousands of acres in Puerto Rico and has over 300 employees.
February 2005 Region 3 News
(02/24/2005) EPA Cites Grocery Wholesaler in Columbia, Md. for Violating Federal Pesticide Law - PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has cited Rhee Bros., Inc., for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) at its grocery wholesale facility in Columbia, Md.
(02/23/2005) Three Companies Voluntarily Self-Disclose and Correct Environmental Violations - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has agreed to waive potential penalties against three companies that voluntarily reported toxic chemical release reporting violations to the agency.
(02/01/2005) Allegheny Ludlum Corp. to Pay $2,375,000 Penalty for Clean Water Act Violations at Pittsburgh-area Plants - PHILADELPHIA -- In papers filed in federal district court in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Ludlum Corp. has agreed to pay a $2,375,000 penalty as a part of a settlement over alleged Clean Water Act violations at the companys Pittsburgh-area steel mills and finishing plants.
February 2005 Region 4 News
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February 2005 Region 5 News
(02/28/2005) EPA Settles with Warren, Mich., for Hazardous Chemical Release; Includes Fine and Safety Upgrade - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 recently settled an administrative case involving hazardous chemical release reporting violations with the city of Warren, Mich. The city will pay an $8,766 fine and spend $27,900 on safety upgrades that will reduce threats to public health.
(02/22/2005) Bay Harbor agreement reached; interim cleanup measures to begin - CHICAGO -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached agreement with responsible parties to address an ongoing release of highly-alkaline leachate into Lake Michigan from cement kiln dust piles at the Bay Harbor Golf Club near Petoskey, Mich. Leachate is produced when rain and ground water flow through a waste disposal area.
(02/15/2005) EPA cites Anchor Glass for clean-air violations - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Anchor Glass Container Corp. for alleged clean-air violations at the companys glass container manufacturing plant at 200 W. Belleview Dr., Lawrenceburg, Ind.
(02/15/2005) EPA cites Kemlite for clean-air violations - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Kemlite Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's plastics manufacturing plant at 23525 W. Eames St., Channahon, Ill.
(02/09/2005) EPA reaches agreement with DaimlerChrysler - CHICAGO -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with DaimlerChrysler Corp. on alleged clean-air violations at the company's Kokomo Transmission Plant at 2401 S. Reed Road, Kokomo, Ind. EPA assessed a $110,000 penalty.
(02/03/2005) EPA cites INDOT, two companies for wetlands violations near Indianapolis Airport; proposes $157,500 fine - CHICAGO -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 recently cited the Indiana Department of Transportation, Atlas Excavating and Larry Fitzgerald (d/b/a Shrum Manufactured Housing), for illegally filling in wetlands near the Indianapolis International Airport. EPA has proposed a $157,500 fine.
February 2005 Region 6 News
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February 2005 Region 7 News
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February 2005 Region 8 News
(02/24/2005) DOJ, EPA: Developer to provide $330,000 to restore - A Loveland, Colo. development group will provide approximately $330,000 to correct environmental damage it caused on Indian Creek and its adjacent wetlands in violation of the Clean Water Act and pay a penalty of $110,000, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Denver office.
February 2005 Region 9 News
(02/22/2005) U.S. EPA fines the University of California for violations of the stratospheric ozone protection program - SAN FRANCISCO --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has reached a $118,404 settlement with the University of California over violations of the federal Clean Air Act.
(02/16/2005) Oil companies pay U.S. EPA to settle Santa Monica MTBE cleanup costs - LOS ANGELES -- Under the terms of a settlement filed today in federal court, several oil companies will pay $1.5 million to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for costs it incurred while directing the investigation and cleanup of methyl tertiary butyl ether or MTBE, a gasoline additive, from a groundwater basin formerly used for drinking water by the City of Santa Monica.
(02/15/2005) EPA orders R.H.S. Lee, Inc. to prevent oil discharges at their Oahu facility - HONOLULU -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered R.H.S. Lee, Inc. to prevent any oil discharges and improve oil spill containment at its facility in Pearl City, Oahu.
(02/11/2005) Mustang Ranch owner charged with improper handling of asbestos - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department and the EPA today announced an environmental settlement with Koch Petroleum Group that is expected to reduce air emissions from three petroleum refineries in Minnesota and Texas by at least 5,200 tons.
(02/10/2005) Juneau to pay $36,793 for air and water violations - The City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska will spend $36,793 to settle two complaints by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleging the City violated the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act at its Douglas and Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plants.
(02/10/2005) U.S. EPA fines San Diego businessman $100,000 for gravel mining violations - SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently settled a case for $100,000 against San Diego businessman, Brian Chuchua, for allegedly discharging dredged and fill materials into the San Luis Rey River, a violation of the federal Clean Water Act.
(02/10/2005) U.S. EPA orders Galt developer to stop filling Calaveras County creeks and wetlands - SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered CRV Enterprises and Ryan Voorhees of Galt, Calif. to stop dumping dredged and fill material into Cosgrove Creek, its tributaries, and wetlands in the Calaveras River watershed in Valley Springs, a violation of the Clean Water Act.
(02/02/2005) San Diego company agrees to pay U.S. EPA $13,090 to resolve reporting violation - SAN FRANCISCO H. J. Heinz agreed today to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $13,090 for allegedly failing to report when the amount of ammonia used by its Delimex facility in San Diego, Calif. exceeded the reporting threshold under federal law.
February 2005 Region 10 News
(02/22/2005) Three Companies Penalized for Pesticide Violations on Yakama Reservation - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today administrative complaints filed against JSH Farms, Inc., Ag-Air Flying Services, Inc. and Yakama Land Enterprise for violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The complaints alleged violations in 2004 on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington State with proposed penalties totaling $12,480.
(02/16/2005) EPA Demands $720,250 from Three Companies for Failure to Clean up Former Rhone-Poulenc Site - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is demanding that a group of current and former owners of a south Seattle, Washington industrial chemical processing site pay $720,250 for failing to abide by the terms of an agreement to clean up industrial pollutants at the site. The agreement was created in 1993 under the authority of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
(02/10/2005) Japanese Transportation Company Will Pay $2 Million for Dumping Oily Wastes in the Pacific Ocean - Fujitrans Corp. of Japan, operator of the Motor Vessel (MV) Cygnus, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and was sentenced on Feb. 3 in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Portland.
(02/09/2005) Alaska Mining Company Agrees to Pay $33,000 for Discharges to the Chukchi Sea - The operators of the Red Dog Mine, the world's largest lead and zinc mine, agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $33,000 to settle a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint alleging the mine allowed ore from a conveyer belt to enter the Chukchi Sea, off the northwest coast of Alaska, on three occasions in August of 2002.
(02/08/2005) Oeser Admits to Federal Waste Violations - The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the Oeser Company, a Bellingham, Washington wood treating plant, will pay $25,000 in penalties for on-going violations of state and federal laws governing the handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals. Although violations of this type would typically result in a dramatically higher penalty, EPA adjusted the penalty downward based on Respondents demonstrated inability to pay.

 

January 2005

(01/27/2005) U.S. Announces Clean Air Agreement with Largest Domestic Petroleum Refiner - ConocoPhillips to Reduce Air Emissions at Facilities in Seven States - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department today announced a comprehensive Clean Air Act settlement with ConocoPhillips that is expected to reduce harmful air emissions by more than 47,000 tons per year from nine U.S. petroleum refineries in seven states that represent nearly 10 percent of total refining capacity in the United States. [For more information]

Region 1 News
(02/18/2005) Middlesex County Wastewater Treatment Plant at Billerica Settles Clean Water Act Violations - BOSTON -- The Middlesex Sheriff Office and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which respectively operate and own the Billerica Jail and House of Correction in Billerica, MA, which in turn operates a domestic wastewater treatment facility, have reached a settlement with EPA stemming from violations of the federal Clean Water Act.
(02/14/2005) Portsmouth Regional Hospital Voluntarily Corrects Environmental Violations - BOSTON -- Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire voluntarily discovered and corrected environmental violations at its facility by doing the kind of environmental self-audit being promoted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The hospital was one of the first in New England to voluntarily audit, disclose and correct the violations.
(02/09/2005) EPA Announces Fifth Order Requiring Holyoke to Fix High-Priority CSO Discharges - BOSTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it has issued the fifth in a series of administrative orders requiring the city of Holyoke take action to reduce untreated sewage flowing into the Connecticut River.
(02/01/2005) Holyoke Settles Clean Water Act Violations for $27,000 - BOSTON -- The City of Holyoke has agreed to pay $27,000 to settle claims that it failed to fully implement its EPA approved industrial pretreatment program in accordance with its federal discharge permit and federal pretreatment regulations at the city's wastewater treatment plant.
(02/01/2005) Lewiston Landlord Will Make Improvements and Pay Fine to Address Lead Issues - BOSTON -- The owners of seven apartment units in the Lewiston area have agreed to pay a fine and to replace windows and doors containing lead-based paint at one of their residential housing properties in Auburn, ME to settle EPA charges that the companies failed to notify prospective tenants of risks from exposure to lead-based paint.
Region 2 News
(01/25/2005) EPA Reaches Agreement With Dredging Company to Settle Violations of Ocean Dumping Act - NEW YORK -- Continuing its work to ensure the protection of local waterways, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has reached a settlement with Bean Stuyvesant L.L.C. for two violations of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), commonly known as the Ocean Dumping Act. The company had dumped dredged rock outside designated disposal areas on two occasions. Bean Stuyvesant agreed to pay $16,000 in penalties and undertake an environmentally-beneficial supplemental environmental project (SEP) valued at $104,000 to place materials into a federally authorized New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) artificial reef site located approximately 6.5 nautical miles offshore of Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
(01/20/2005) EPA Settlement Will Bring Newark Schools into Compliance With Asbestos Regulations - NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Continuing its work to ensure that schools in New Jersey are complying with asbestos regulations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has reached a settlement with the Newark Public Schools to resolve violations of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The agreement requires the school system to spend $2.25 million to finish identifying and fixing any asbestos-related problems that may exist in the schools.
(01/06/2005) EPA Sues Mosquito Control Company for Failure to Protect Its Workers' Safety - NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has filed a complaint against Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc. for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act between May and November of 2000. During that period, the company applied pesticides throughout the five boroughs under a contract with the New York City Department of Health to control disease-carrying mosquitos and reduce the risk of West Nile Virus. Clarke Environmental is headquartered in Roselle, Illinois.
Region 3 News
(01/25/2005) D.C. Taxi Company Settles Underground Storage Tank Violations - PHILADELPHIA --The Yellow Cab Company of D.C., Inc. has settled a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint alleging violations of environmental regulations designed to prevent fuel leaks from underground storage tanks. In a consent agreement with EPA, Yellow Cab agreed to pay a $34,190 penalty. The alleged violations involved three 12,000-gallon underground storage tanks at the companys facility at 1636 Bladensburg Road, N.E., Washington, D.C.
(01/25/2005) EPA Settles Wetlands Case in Newport News, Va - PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled a Clean Water Act case against two companies over filling federally protected wetlands in Newport News, Va
(01/06/2005) EPA Cites Improper Asbestos Removal in Demolition of Wilkes-Barre Steam Heating Plant - PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has cited violations of federal asbestos regulations during the summer 2002 demolition of the former municipal heating plant in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Region 4 News
(01/25/2005) EPA settles with Quality Chemical Company, of North Miami, Florida for production and distribution of unregistered products - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the settlement of an administrative enforcement action against Quality Chemical Company (Quality Chemical), located in North Miami, Florida for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The settlement requires Quality Chemical to comply with FIFRA and pay a $69,520 penalty.
(01/07/2005) EPA settles with Star-Brite Distributing, Inc., of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, for production and distribution of unregistered products - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the settlement of an administrative enforcement action against Star-Brite Distributing, Inc. (Star-Brite), located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The settlement requires Star-Brite to comply with FIFRA and pay a $28,160 penalty.
(01/04/2005) EPA Issues Notice of Proposed Administrative Penalty Assessment - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announced today that an Administrative Complaint was issued to Dr. Arturo Macasinag, and EPA intends to assess an administrative penalty in an amount up to a maximum of $137,500 under the Clean Water Act.
Region 5 News
(01/20/2005) EPA cites Wabash Alloys for clean-air violations - CHICAGO -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Wabash Alloys LLC for alleged clean-air violations at the company's aluminum recovery plant at 4365 Bradley Road, Cleveland, Ohio.
(01/15/2005) EPA cites Abbott Laboratories for clean-air violations - CHICAGO -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Abbott Laboratories for alleged clean-air violations at the company's health care products manufacturing plant at 1401 Sheridan Road, North Chicago, Ill.
(01/13/2005) EPA cites three companies for violation of architectural coating rules - CHICAGO -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited three related companies  one in Wisconsin and two in Ohio  for alleged violations of federal architectural coating rules. Architectural coatings are paints and similar coverings used on building exteriors, pavements and curbs.
(01/06/2005) Hazardous chemical reporting roundup: EPA Settles Hamtramck, Mich., case; issues complaint against Ashtabula company - CHICAGO -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 recently settled an administrative case involving hazardous chemical reporting violations with Sterling Services Ltd., Hamtramck, Mich. Separately, a complaint was filed against Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, Ashtabula, Ohio.
Region 9 News
(01/25/2005) U.S. EPA issues citations to underground storage tank facilities in American Samoa - HONOLULU -- Inspectors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency issued fines totalling $2,100 to four facilities during a recent round of underground storage tank inspections.
(01/19/2005) EPA, Navajo EPA inspect, cite facilities for underground storage tank violations on the Navajo Nation - SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency recently inspected nearly 50 underground fuel tanks sites in an effort to increase compliance and prevent petroleum releases to the environment.
(01/18/2005) Modesto company to pay U.S. EPA $80,000 to resolve reporting violations - SAN FRANCISCO -- Indalex West, Inc. last week agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $80,000 for allegedly failing to accurately report the amount of toxic chemicals released by its Modesto, Calif. facility, in violation of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
(01/12/2005) U.S. EPA fines Las Vegas training center for violations of federal law - SAN FRANCISCO -- Last month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined the United Carpenters and Joiners of America $4,200 for falsely claiming that its Las Vegas, Nev. training center had been certified by the EPA to teach carpenters how to safely remove lead-based paint.
(01/12/2005) U.S. EPA orders Sacramento companies to restore damaged wetlands - SAN FRANCISCO --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently ordered Race Builders Inc. & MRM Marine, LLC to stop dumping dredged and fill material into wetlands bordering Magpie Creek in Sacramento, a violation of the Clean Water Act.
(01/12/2005) U.S. EPA orders Sacramento companies to restore damaged wetlands - SAN FRANCISCO --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently ordered Race Builders Inc. & MRM Marine, LLC to stop dumping dredged and fill material into wetlands bordering Magpie Creek in Sacramento, a violation of the Clean Water Act.
(01/06/2005) U.S. EPA cites Shasta County company for Clean Air Act violations - SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week fined Burney Forest Products $34,650 for violations of the federal Clean Air Act.
(01/05/2005) EPA fines Guam Department of Public Works for failure to comply with consent decree - HONOLULU - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today fined the Guam Department of Public Works $7,250 for missing the required deadline to identify a site for the island's new municipal solid waste landfill.
Region 10 News
(01/27/2005) Harrison Heights Subdivision and Contractor Agree to Pay $27,500 for Storm Water Violations - Harrison Heights, LLC and its contractor, Iron Triangle, recently agreed to pay a $27,500 penalty for violating the storm water provisions of the federal Clean Water Act during construction of the Harrison Heights subdivision on the southeast side of Coeur dAlene Lake.
(01/06/2005) Three Northwest Companies Cited for Pesticide Violations - As part of an on-going regional campaign to insure compliance with federal pesticide regulation, EPA has issued Consent Agreement and Final Orders (CAFO) to three Pacific Northwest companies for violating Section 7 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Section 7 requires companies to submit Annual Pesticide Production Reports to EPA on March 1 of each year. Skylane Farms in Woodburn, Oregon, Pro-Energy Service System in Burley, Idaho, and Steritech LLC in Spokane Valley, Washington, each received CAFOs including pre-settlement agreements and penalties of $1000.
(01/05/2005) daho Hotel Builders Penalized for Clean Water Violations - The Northwest office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Premier Homes, Inc., and Scott Hedrick Construction, Inc., for failure to control storm-water running from their projects at the Hampton Inn and Comfort Inn sites, respectively, in Meridian.


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