December 28, 2000
Puerto Rican Resort Guilty of Violating Clean Water Act
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - The owner of the Copamarina Beach Resort in Guánica, Puerto Rico, and one of the corporations that operated the hotel, have pled guilty to felony violations of the federal Clean Water Act, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Lois Schiffer announced today. The hotel discharged domestic sewage into the Caribbean Sea at Caña Gorda Beach through a pipe that stretched from the hotel's wastewater treatment plant directly into the sea without the required federal permit, from October 1, 1996 and continuing through September 16, 1997.
December 22, 2000
U.S. Files Clean Air Lawsuit Against Duke Energy
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department on behalf of the EPA today filed a lawsuit against Duke Energy, charging that eight of the electric utility's power plants illegally released massive amounts of air pollutants for years.
U.S. Announces Clean Air Settlement with Koch Petroleum Group
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.
U.S Announces Clean Air Settlement with Cinergy
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an ongoing initiative to stop air pollution released illegally from coal-fired power plants, the Justice Department and the EPA today announced a settlement of a lawsuit with Cinergy Corporation, an electric utility based in Cincinnati. The enforcement action, valued at $1.4 billion, is the largest ever taken by the U.S. EPA under the Clean Air Act.
December 19, 2000
U.S., California Announce Settlement to Clean Up Toxic Pollution in the Pacific Ocean
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four companies will pay $73 million to clean up contamination from the pesticide DDT and restore the ocean environment off the coast of Los Angeles under a settlement with the United States and State of California filed today.
December 8, 2000
Contract Labor Firm Pleads Guilty to Hiring Unauthorized Aliens to Remove Asbestos
WASHINGTON - Construction Personnel Inc., a contract labor firm, pleaded guilty today to a scheme of hiring unauthorized aliens from Mexico, Central and South America to remove asbestos, the Justice Department announced.
November 30, 2000
Bridge Construction Firm and Supervisors Sentenced for Environmental Crimes in Florida
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A construction company and three of its supervisors have been sentenced in Florida for environmental crimes related to the construction of the Garcon Point Bridge that spans Pensacola Bay.
November 16, 2000
Environmental Consultant Pleads Guilty to Harming Rare California Red-Legged Frogs at Housing Development
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced that environmental consultant John Zentner, 46, of Orinda, Calif., and the business he operates, Zentner & Zentner, of Emeryville, Calif., pled guilty today to criminal charges under the Endangered Species Act for illegally taking threatened California red-legged frogs at a new housing project in Concord, Calif.
United States and New York Reach Agreement with Virginia Electric Utility to Reduce Air Pollution
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of New York today announced an agreement in principle with Virginia Power that requires the company to significantly reduce harmful air pollution from the company's eight coal-fired power plants, perform $13.9 million in environmental projects, and pay a $5.3 million civil fine.
November 3, 2000
Four Involved in Lobster Harvesting & Distribution Found Guilty in Illegal Import Scheme
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal jury in Mobile, Alabama, has found four individuals guilty of multiple felony counts related to the illegal harvest and importation of Caribbean spiny lobster tails, the Justice Department announced today.
September 2, 2008
Central Industries, Inc. Pleads Guilty to 26 Felony Violations in Mississippi Water Pollution Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Mississippi poultry rendering company today pleaded guilty to 26 felony charges and admitted that it conspired to dump thousands of gallons of slaughterhouse waste into a local stream.
October 26, 2000
U.S. Mississippi Reach Environmental Agreements with Morton Int'l $20 Million Penalty is Largest-Ever Civil Fine for Environmental Violations at One Factory
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Morton International Inc. will resolve charges the chemical company violated several environmental laws at its Moss Point, Miss., facility under a civil settlement and criminal plea agreement announced today by the United States and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
October 19, 2000
U.S., California Announce Settlement to Clean Up One of the Country's Most Toxic Waste Sites
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States and the state of California today announced a settlement with Aventis CropSciences USA, Inc. that will fund cleanup costs that could approach $1 billion at the Iron Mountain Mine Superfund Site near Redding, Calif.
October 18, 2000
Anacostia Marina and Its Owner Plead Guilty to Environmental Violations
Washington, D.C. - Anacostia Marina, Inc., and its owner, Thomas Long, of Forestville, Md., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Washington to violating federal and local environmental laws while operating the Marina earlier this year.
October 4, 2000
U.S. Settles with D.C. Landlords who did not Warn Tenants of Lead Paint Risks
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The Clinton Administration today announced that it has reached agreements with two landlords in the District of Columbia to settle claims that they violated federal law by failing to warn their tenants that their homes may contain lead-based paint hazards. The settlements are part of a coordinated effort by federal agencies to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Also today, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency announced administrative actions the agencies have taken under the initiative.
September 28, 2000
Koch Industries Indicted for Environmental Crimes at Refinery
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal grand jury in Corpus Christi, Tex., today returned a 97-count indictment against Koch Industries Inc., Koch Petroleum Group, L.P., and four corporate employees charging them with environmental crimes at a Texas oil refinery.
September 25, 2000
New Jersey Testing Laboratory and Employees Admit Misleading EPA on Reformulated Gasoline Analyses
WASHINGTON - A Linden, N.J.,testing laboratory and two of its supervisors pleaded guilty today to conspiring to mislead investigators about a scheme designed to falsify chemical analyses involving hundreds of millions of gallons of reformulated gasoline, the Justice Department announced.
September 14, 2000
Justice Department Sues W.R. Grace & Co. And Kootenai Development Co. To Gain Access For Asbestos Clean-Up
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal government sued W.R. Grace & Co. and Kootenai Development Company today, seeking immediate access to property near Libby, Montana, in order to clean up asbestos contamination.
September 11, 2000
U.S. Reaches Environmental Accord with Commercial Bakery
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States has reached an agreement with Meyer's Bakery to settle claims that it illegally released ozone-depleting gasses from its factories in five states, the Justice Department and the EPA announced today.
September 6, 2000
Firm Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crime At Dulles Airport
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A jet fuel distribution company today pleaded guilty to dumping spent fuel into a waterway at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, the Justice Department announced.
August 23, 2000
Reptile Smuggler Extradited to the United States from Mexico
WASHINGTON -- A two-year effort to extradite a reputed international wildlife smuggling kingpin ended last night when the Mexican government turned over to the United States Keng Liang "Anson" Wong, 42, of Penang, Malaysia. Wong faces trial in San Francisco on federal charges that he spearheaded an international wildlife smuggling ring, which successfully smuggled about 300 protected animals to the United States by concealing them in Federal Express packages, airline baggage and other shipments.
Bridge Construction Firm and Supervisors Admit to Environmental Crimes in Florida
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A construction company and three of its supervisors today pleaded guilty in Florida to environmental crimes related to the construction of the Garcon Point Bridge that spans Pensacola Bay.
Sewage Treatment Plant Operator Sentenced for Crimes in Louisiana
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Glenn Kelly Johnson, the general manager and president of Johnson Properties, Inc., today pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges in connection with a $1.2 million loan used to buy more than 60 private sewage treatment facilities in western Louisiana.
Chevron Agrees to Record $7 Million Environmental Settlement
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has agreed to pay a record $7 million to settle claims that it violated the Clean Air Act at its offshore loading terminal near El Segundo, Calif., the EPA and the Justice Department announced today. The settlement includes a $6 million penalty, the highest ever paid under the Clean Air Act for a single facility, and environmental improvement projects valued at $1 million.
August 10, 2000
San Francisco Seafood Dealer Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Illegally Catch Protected Fish
Washington, D.C. -- The Justice Department announced today that F. Alioto Co., a seafood company at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, has pleaded guilty to a scheme to sell and export protected fish that were caught in violation of California law.
August 9, 2000
Oil Exploration Firm to Pay $1.2 Million to Settle Wetlands Case
Washington, D.C. - HS Resources, an oil and gas exploration company, will pay a $700,000 penalty and spend another $500,000 to buy and preserve wetlands in southern Louisiana to settle claims that it illegally destroyed 20 acres of wetlands. The penalty is the largest of its kind ever imposed in Louisiana.
August 1, 2000
Dupont Settle Environmental Lawsuit Over Sulfuric Acid Emergency in Kentucky
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department and the EPA have reached a $1.5 million settlement with E.I. du Pont de Nemours related to a 1995 chemical release in eastern Kentucky that led to the evacuation of several communities surrounding the plant.
July 25, 2000
U.S. Announces Unprecedented Cean Air Act Agreements with Two Petroleum Companies
As part of an ongoing enforcement effort to ensure cleaner, healthier air for all Americans, the Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department today announced record agreements in principle with two of the nation's largest petroleum refiners -- BP Amoco and the Koch Petroleum Group. The agreements, valued at nearly $600 million, are the largest for clean air ever reached with companies from the petroleum refining industry. When fully implemented, these agreements will eliminate almost 60,000 tons of air pollution every year.
July 24, 2000
Rhode Island Company Will Pay $240,000 and Reduce Emissions to Settle Clean Air Act Case
WASHINGTON - A Warren, R.I., manufacturer has agreed to pay $240,000 in fines and spend at least $148,000 to help reduce air pollution in Rhode Island to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice that the company violated the Clean Air Act.
July 20, 2000
Willamette Industries to Spend More Than $90 Million to Settle Clean Air Act Case
WASHINGTON - Willamette Industries will spend more than $90 million to settle a major environmental suit alleging that it failed to control the amount of air pollution released from its wood product factories in four states, under an agreement reached today with the Justice Department and the EPA.
July 6, 2000
U.S., Rhode Island Announce Settlement to Redress Environmental Damage from Massive Oil Spill
The agreement requires the defendants to implement a project to restock Block Island Sound with 1.25 million female lobsters over the next three to five years. Under the project, adult female lobsters will be purchased from wholesalers, have their tails marked with a v-shaped notch, and be released into Block Island Sound. Because it is illegal to harvest such a notched lobster, this project will increase the number of adult females in Block Island Sound, boosting the production of offspring and the overall lobster population.
June 29, 2000
U.S. Sues Steel Giant for Violating Environmental Laws State of Ohio will Move to Join Lawsuit
WASHINGTON - The United States and the State of Ohio today announced legal action against AK Steel Corporation, charging the steel giant with violating several environmental laws at its facility in Middletown, Ohio.
June 14, 2000
David M. Uhlmann to Serve as Environmental Crimes Chief in DOJ's Environment and Natural Resources Division
WASHINGTON -- David M. Uhlmann has accepted the position of Chief of the Environmental Crimes Section at the Justice Department, Lois J. Schiffer, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, announced today. Uhlmann replaces Steven P. Solow, who is a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.
June 8, 2000
U.S. Settles Environmental Claims with Union Pacific Railroad
WASHINGTON -- The Union Pacific Railroad will pay an $800,000 fine to resolve environmental claims associated with seven train derailments that spilled oil and other hazardous pollutants into Colorado and Utah waterways. A settlement filed today in federal court in Denver also requires the Omaha, Neb.-based railroad to undertake specific measures to avert environmental damage in the future.
June 1, 2000
Man Ordered to Pay $4.74 Million for Failing to Clean Up Contaminated Residential Drinking Water
New York, N.Y. - U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue in Syracuse has ruled that Oliver Hill, the former owner and operator of a gas station in Onondaga Nation territory, is liable for a penalty of $4,746,500 for violating a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup order. The case against Hill was brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York and EPA after Hill ignored a 1995 EPA order to clean up an estimated 10,000 gallons of gasoline that had leaked from underground tanks at his gas station and seriously contaminated an underground aquifer used for drinking water by nearby residents, including children.
May 31, 2000
Four Indicted in Conspiracy to Smuggle Lobsters into U.S.
WASHINGTON -- A federal grand jury in Mobile, Ala., has returned an indictment charging four individuals with smuggling into the United States numerous shipments of lobster that were harvested in violation of Honduran laws. The defendants, David Henson McNab of Honduras, Robert D. Blandford and Abner J. Schoenwetter of Florida, and Dianne H. Huang of New Jersey, also are charged with conspiracy.
May 24, 2000
Meatpacker Must Cut Hydrogen Sulfide Emissions at Nebraska Plant
WASHINGTON - The United States today entered into an agreement with IBP, inc., the world's largest meatpacker, requiring the company to take immediate steps to eliminate a public health threat posed by nearly a ton each day of hydrogen sulfide emissions at its Dakota City/South Sioux City, Neb., facility.
May 23, 2000
Browning-Ferris Inc. Employee Sentenced for Illegally Dumping Pollution into D.C. Sewer System
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice today announced that a former manager of waste hauler Browning-Ferris Inc. was sentenced for his role in illegally dumping contaminated wastewater into the District of Columbia's sewer system. Gregory R. Smith will serve one year probation following the sentencing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
May 2, 2000
Statement of Attorney General Janet Reno on the Sandia Mountain Land Claim Negotiations
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno today expressed appreciation for Senator Pete Domenici's support for continuing talks toward a negotiated settlement of the Sandia Mountain land claim.
April 29, 2000
Idaho Man Given Longest-Ever Sentence for Environmental Crime. Company Owner to Serve 17 Years, Pay $6m for Crimes that Left Employee with Brain Damage
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the longest sentence ever imposed for an environmental crime, a federal judge has ordered an Idaho man to serve 17 years in prison for his crimes that left a 20-year-old employee with permanent brain damage from cyanide poisoning, the Department of Justice announced. Allan Elias also was ordered to pay $6 million in restitution to the victim and his family.
April 27, 2000
U.S. Sues Guide Corp., and Crown Environmental for Massive Fish Kill in Indiana
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice on behalf of the the EPA today filed a lawsuit against Guide Corp. and Crown Environmental Group, Inc. for discharging pollutants into the White River and causing one of the largest fish kills in Indiana history.
April 21, 2000
TPI Petroleum to Fund $9.9 Million in Community Environmental Projects; Company also Will Pay $4 Million Penalty to Settle Environmental Charges
WASHINGTON - TPI Petroleum Inc. will spend $9.9 million on two community environmental projects in Alma and St. Louis, Mich., designed to clean up local waterways and promote the reuse of contaminated property in downtown Alma, under a settlement filed today in federal district court in Bay City, Mich.
April 17, 2000
Technicians Admit Conspiracy to Defraud Underground Storage Tank Owners Scheme Cheated Hundreds in Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas
WASHINGTON - Two South Carolina men have plead guilty to an illegal scheme that lead hundreds of people to incorrectly believe their underground storage tanks had been tested properly for leaks of petroleum and other contaminants.
April 14, 2000
Federal Court Approves Weapons Destruction at Utah Facility
WASHINGTON -- A federal court today ruled that there is no risk to human health or the environment from the Army's destruction of chemical weapons at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility near Salt Lake City.
April 12, 2000
Appeals Court Rules Against Developer who Destroyed Wetlands
WASHINGTON -- In a significant environmental ruling, a federal appeals court has revived a wetlands enforcement action against a Maryland developer who violated the Clean Water Act by discharging excavated material into wetlands without a permit.
April 11, 2000
EPA Proceeds with Regional Smog Approach for Eastern U.S.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice today took action to ensure that over 100 million Americans in the eastern half of the United States breathe cleaner air. The action comes in the wake of an important decision last month by the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. That decision ruled in favor of the Clinton-Gore Administration's regional clean air approach to significantly control harmful levels of air pollution. Specifically, the Justice Department on behalf of the EPA today asked the Court to formally remove the "stay" that had been placed on the rule so that states can finalize plans to ensure emission reductions are achieved.
Court Hands Out Longest-Ever Sentences for Safe Water Drinking Act Violations
WASHINGTON -- In the longest sentences ever imposed under the Safe Water Drinking Act, a federal court today sentenced Koteswara Attaluri to nearly five years in prison and Mac DeWayne Overholt to more than seven years in prison for a conspiracy to dump more than 500,000 gallons of petroleum-contaminated wastewater into underground wells.
April 6, 2000
Three Cruise Line Employees Sentenced for Dumping Pollution in Alaskan Inland Passage
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge today sentenced three Dutch nationals for their role in discharging pollution into the Alaskan Inland Passage from a Holland America cruise ship.
April 5, 2000
Federal Court Issues Landmark Clean Water Decision Ruling Uphold EPA's Authority to Identify Waters Polluted by Runoff
WASHINGTON -- For the first time, a federal judge has upheld the EPA's longstanding interpretation and practice that the EPA and states have the authority to identify which U.S. waterways are polluted by runoff from urban areas, agriculture and timber harvesting and identify the maximum amount of pollutants that may enter these waterways.
March 15, 2000
Historic Water Rights Settlement Reached in Colorado
The Justice Department and the State of Colorado today announced an historic settlement that will protect the natural resources of the San Luis Valley while assuring that the region's agricultural economy will receive adequate water.
March 13, 2000
Alcoa to Pay $8.8 Million to Settle Environmental Claims Case as Part of Federal Effort to Help Clean Up the Mississippi River Basin
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Alcoa Inc., one of the world's largest aluminum producers, has agreed to pay $8.8 million as part of a Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act settlement the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The case, which is related to the company's Warrick County, Ind. facility, is part of a federal effort to help clean up the Mississippi River and its basin.
March 9, 2000
U.S. Settles Lawsuit Against AT&T, Contractors for Polluting Caribbean Sea
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department today settled an environmental lawsuit against AT&T, a subsidiary, and two contractors related to the installation of underwater fiber optic cables near St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
March 7, 2000
Florida Man who Trafficked in Protected Species Pleads Guilty
WASHINGTON - A Florida man today pleaded guilty for his role in illegally trafficking rare reptiles that are protected under domestic and international law. Phillip Langston admitted in U.S. District Court in Miami that he conspired to smuggle and sell a large variety of reptiles, and he pleaded to one felony conspiracy count.
March 3, 2000
Statement by Assistant Attorney General Lois J. Schiffer on Decision in Michigan et al v. United States Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA in October 1998 issued a rule identifying 23 Midwestern and Southeastern states whose air pollution was drifting into several Eastern states, elevating unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone in the East. The EPA directed those 23 states to develop a plan to reduce nitrogen oxides, a precursor to smog. A federal appeals court today substantially upheld this EPA rule.
March 1, 2000
U.S. Expands Clean Air Act Lawsuits Against Electric Utilities
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As part of an ongoing initiative to stop pollution illegally released from coal-fired power plants, the Justice Department, acting on behalf of the EPA, today expanded lawsuits filed against three electric utilities in November 1999.
February 29, 2000
U.S. Settles Landmark Clean Air Act Case Against Electric Utility Company; Agreement Marks a Major Step in National Enforcement Initiative
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced the settlement of a major Clean Air Act enforcement action against the Tampa Electric Company that requires the company to significantly reduce harmful air pollution from its power plants and pay a $3.5 million fine. This agreement is the first to result from a national enforcement action aimed at cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants.
February 4, 2000
Three Plead Guilty to Environmental Crimes in Louisiana
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Three operators of a sewage treatment company have pleaded guilty to environmental crimes related to the mismanagement of nearly 100 sewage treatment and drinking water plants in Louisiana, the Justice Department announced today.
February 1, 2000
BP Exploration [Alaska] Sentenced for Environmental Crime Court Orders $500,000 Fine and Establishment of Nationwide Environmental Management System
WASHINGTON, D.C. - BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. today was sentenced for failing to report the illegal disposal of hazardous waste on Alaska's North Slope, the Justice Department announced. The U.S. District Court in Anchorage imposed the maximum criminal fine of $500,000 and ordered the company to establish a nationwide environmental management system designed to prevent future violations.
January 20, 2000
Mississippi Poultry Company, Corporate Officer Indicted for Conspiring to Violate the Clean Water Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal grand jury has indicted a Mississippi poultry rendering company and its president on criminal charges that they conspired to dump hundreds of thousands of gallons of slaughterhouse waste into a stream that supplies drinking water to Jackson, Miss. The indictment also charges 70 separate Clean Water Act violations resulting from these discharges.
January 18, 2000
Settlement Requires New Mexico Company to Clean Up
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sparton Technology, Inc. will clean up soil and a plume of groundwater contamination associated with its Albuquerque facility under a settlement filed today in federal court in Albuquerque, the U.S. EPA and the Justice Department announced.
January 13, 2000
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Wolf Reintroduction Program in Yellowstone National Park
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a significant environmental ruling, a federal appeals court today reversed a lower court decision ordering the Department of the Interior to remove gray wolves relocated from Canada and released into part of their historical range in the United States, including Yellowstone National Park.
Utility Company Admits it Conspired to Violate Clean Water Act, Agrees to Pay $4.3 Million Fine
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A private, Mississippi-based utility company operating sewage treatment and drinking water plants in six states today pleaded guilty to a conspiracy related to its failure to give Louisiana residents basic sewage treatment. Johnson Properties Inc. and six subsidiaries agreed to pay a criminal fine of $4.36 million and restitution of $165,000 to affected communities.