December 24, 2002
Ashland Sentenced to Pay $7 Million and Placed on Probation
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) was sentenced has been by a federal judge in Minneapolis to pay more than $9 million in fines and restitution in connection with a massive explosion at the company's St. Paul Park refinery more than five years ago that injured several people, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced. In addition, Chief Judge James M. Rosenbaum sentenced Ashland to commit to paying millions more to upgrade the St. Paul Park refinery and placed the company on five years of probation.
December 20, 2002
Rhode Island's Central Landfill Settles Clean Air Act Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. The owner/operator of the state-owned Central Landfill in Johnston, Rhode Island will spend more than $5 million on air pollution control measures as part of a settlement for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The settlement, which is subject to a 30-day public comment period, was filed today in U.S. District Court in Providence.
Tug Company to Pay Nearly $1 Million for Seagrass Damage
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Illinois will pay nearly $1 million for damages to seagrass and other resources in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Justice Department and the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today.
December 19, 2002
Illinois Company to Pay U.S. More Than $30 Million to Reimburse for Superfund Clean Up Costs
WASHINGTON, D.C. NL Industries will pay the United States more than $30 million to settle a lawsuit resulting from contamination that emanated from a secondary lead smelter the company formerly owned and operated in Granite City, Illinois, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today
December 12, 2002
Government Reaches $3 Million Settlement With Pepco Over Oil Pipeline Spill in Maryland
WASHINGTON, D.C. The United States and the State of Maryland have reached a $3 million settlement with Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and its pipeline operator, ST Services, to recover natural resource damages and assessment costs arising from an oil spill from a ruptured pipeline near PEPCO's Chalk Point Generating Station near Aquasco, Maryland. The spill occurred on April 7, 2000 and released 140,000 gallons of oil into Swanson Creek, a tributary of the Patuxent River, causing major injuries to wetlands, beaches, waterfowl, terrapins, and other natural resources.
November 26, 2002
Federal Court Dismisses Four Billion Dollar Claim Against the United States
WASHINGTON, D.C.- After three years of litigation, the State of New Mexico dismissed claims against the United States seeking compensation for natural resource damages at the federal South Valley Superfund site near Albuquerque. Initially valuing the claim at more than four billion dollars, private attorneys hired by the state filed suit even though the U.S. and others were cleaning up the groundwater under a plan approved by federal and state authorities. The court's order ending the case against the United States provides no payment to the state or its private attorneys.
November 15, 2002
Second Defendant Pleads Guilty in Case Charging S. Carolina Plant With Violations of Clean Water
COLUMBIA, SC- A former employee at a Lexington, South Carolina company pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act. George Metts worked as a wastewater operator at Tin Products, Inc., which produces chemicals used for plumbing pipes and fixtures.
November 7, 2002
Company President Sentenced in Caviar Smuggling Conspiracy Miami-Based Ring Used Paid Couriers to Smuggle Caviar in Suitcases
MIAMI, FL A Russian national was sentenced today to 41 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release as the result of his involvement in a far-reaching wildlife smuggling conspiracy in which he paid couriers to bring suitcases filled with caviar into the United States after new international restrictions were announced in 1998 to protect sturgeon, the U.S. Attorney in Miami and the Justice Department announced today.
October 30, 2002
Nation's Largest Underground Storage Tank Testing Firm Sentenced to Pay $2.29 Million
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Tanknology-NDE, International, Inc. was sentenced today in federal district court in Austin, Texas to pay a $1 million criminal fine and restitution of $1.29 million to the United States for false underground storage tank (UST) testing services performed by its employees, the Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.
October 26, 2002
First Assistant Engineer of Toyota Car Carrier Ship Pleads Guilty to False Statement About Oil Disposal
WASHINGTON, D.C. Duk Jo Jeong, the engineer of a cargo ship which transported automobiles between Japan and the United States, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the United States Coast Guard concerning the disposal of waste oil from the Cygnus, a car carrier ship, the Justice Department announced today.
October 23, 2002
United States Announces Settlement for Comprehensive Study of PCB Contamination in Anniston, Alabama
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today filed a motion in federal court in Birmingham, Ala., seeking approval of a comprehensive environmental settlement with Solutia Inc. and Pharmacia Corporation to investigate and address the serious polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contamination in Anniston, Ala.
October 4, 2002
United States Reaches Tentative Framework to Resolve Native American Claim
WASHINGTON, D.C. A longstanding Native American claim by the Pueblo of San Ildefonso in northern New Mexico may be near resolution under a settlement framework announced today by the United States Department of Justice. For over 50 years, the Pueblo of San Ildefonso has pursued legal claims against the United States government arising under the Indian Claims Commission Act of 1946.
October 2, 2002
United States Settles with 12 Minnesota Ethanol Companies
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Minnesota today announced comprehensive civil settlements with 12 ethanol plants in Minnesota for alleged Clean Air Act violations. The settlements are the first agreements to mandate reductions in air pollution from the ethanol manufacturing industry.
September 24, 2002
United States and Exxonmobil Oil Settle for $4.7 Million
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Justice, together with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Fish and Game, today announced a settlement under which ExxonMobil Oil Corporation will pay the United States and the state of California $4.7 million in compensation for a spill of crude oil from a pipeline operated by the former Mobil Oil Company. The bulk of the money will go towards restoration of natural resources injured by the spill; the remainder will be paid as federal and state civil penalties and other damages.
September 19, 2002
Ex-President of Testing Lab Sentenced for Lying to Federal Agents About his Role in Changing Lab Results
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the former president of a national testing laboratory was sentenced in federal court in Newark to 11 months in prison and a $20,000 fine for obstructing a federal proceeding by lying to federal investigators about his role in the alteration of lab results relating to fuel oil. Kaminski's sentencing was the first of nine sentences to be handed down over the next five days resulting from the government's prosecution of those involved in this long-running scheme to falsify laboratory reports.
August 28, 2002
United States and Ohio Reach Clean Water Act Settlement with City of Toledo, Ohio
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Ohio today announced the federal court filing of a Clean Water Act settlement in which the city of Toledo, Ohio, agrees to make extensive improvements to its sewage treatment plant and its sewage collection and transportation system. The improvements are expected to cost at least $433 million over the next 14 years.
August 26, 2002
Company President Pleads Guilty to Caviar Smuggling Conspiracy
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Justice announced that Viktor Tsimbal, the president of Beluga Caviar Inc., pled guilty today to a far-reaching wildlife smuggling conspiracy in which he paid couriers to bring suitcases filled with caviar into the United States after new international restrictions were announced in 1998 to protect sturgeon.
August 22, 2002
Executives Charged and Corporations Plead Guilty to Pollution Conspiracy to Hide Oil Discharges At Sea
WASHINGTON, D.C. A federal grand jury in Anchorage today indicted a corporate director, two corporate managers, a ship's captain and a first engineer for their roles in an ocean pollution conspiracy involving the direct discharges of oil from a fleet of large, refrigerated cargo ships that regularly travel through Alaska waters, the Justice Department announced. The indictment charges the individuals of conspiracy to lie to the U.S. Coast Guard in order to conceal the dumping of waste oil from the ships and to obstruct the investigation of the agency and the grand jury.
August 14, 2002
Chemical Plant Managers Sentenced for Clean Air Act Violations
WASHINGTON, D.C. Two former managers of the Huntsman Chemical Plant in Port Arthur, Texas received prison sentences today for violating regulations under the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department announced today. Jeffrey L. Jackson, the former plant manager for the Huntsman Chemical Plant in Port Arthur, was sentenced to 36 months in prison and fined $50,000. Michael Peters, the former environmental manager for the Huntsman facilities, also was sentenced to 36 months in prison and a fine of $50,000. Jackson and Peters each faced 25 years in prison and a fine of $1.25 million.
August 7, 2002
United States Files Complaint Against Guam for Clean Water Act Violations at Ordot Dump
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Justice Department with the United States Attorney in Guam and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency today filed a complaint against the Government of Guam for Clean Water Act violations at the Ordot Dump.
July 31, 2002
United States and Wyoming Settle Suit on Elk Vaccinations
WASHINGTON, D.C. Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd., the world's fourth-largest cruise line, has signed a plea agreement with the United States acknowledging a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and further agreeing to pay a $1 million criminal fine after turning itself in and cooperating with prosecutors. The filing of a plea agreement with prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Miami, in response to the criminal charge filed by the United States against NCL, was announced today by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Justice Department Environmental Crimes Section. A hearing has been set in Miami for 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2002, before the Honorable Joan A. Lenard, United States District Court Judge.
July 25, 2002
Chief Engineer of Toyota Car Carrier Ship Pleads Guilty to Falsified Oil Disposal Records
WASHINGTON, D.C. United States Attorney Michael W. Mosman and Tom Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division, today announced that Pyeong Gab Jung pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., to making false statements in the oil record book of the Cygnus, a car carrier ship which transported automobiles between Japan and the United States. Jung was immediately sentenced to serve three months in prison, following which he will be deported to Korea.
United States Secures Pleas to 10 Felony Counts in Underground Storage Tank Case
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Tanknology-NDE, International, Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to 10 felony counts of presenting false claims and making false statements to federal agencies. The guilty pleas were for false underground storage tank (UST) testing services performed by Tanknology employees at federal facilities in 10 different federal districts. Tanknology also has agreed to pay a $1 million criminal fine and restitution of $1.29 million to the United States.
July 18, 2002
United States Announces Clean Water Act Settlement with City of Anderson, Indiana
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Indiana today announced a settlement which requires the City of Anderson, Ind. to spend millions to improve the city's sewer system and wastewater treatment plant and to pay a $250,000 fine. Those improvements will significantly reduce pollution discharged to the White River and will improve overall water quality in the river. The settlement resolves a lawsuit alleging multiple violations of the Clean Water Act by Anderson.
July 15, 2002
United States and Delaware File Suit Against Motiva Enterprises
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Delaware announced today that the United States and Delaware have filed civil suits against Motiva Enterprises, LLC in connection with the July 2001 tank explosion at Motiva's oil refinery in Delaware City, Del. The federal action is being filed for violation of the Clean Water Act and other laws enacted by Congress to protect public health and the environment. The complaints allege that the explosion, which released more than one million gallons of sulfuric acid and hydrocarbons, was caused by gross negligence in the operation and maintenance of the tank.
June 20, 2002
United States Announces Major Natural Resource Damages Settlement for Fox River PCB Site
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Justice Department announced that a settlement filed today will require the Fort James Operating Company to preserve more than 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat in northeastern Wisconsin and pay an additional $8.5 million for other restoration projects. The settlement provides compensation for injuries to natural resources caused by widespread polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in the Fox River and the Green Bay.
June 18, 2002
Justice Department Announces Guilty Plea in New Jersey Environmental Crimes Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Justice announced today that Alan Hodgson pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with knowingly failing to file reports required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Hodgson was the former Northeast Regional Operations Manager for Edison, N.J.-based SGS Control Services, Inc.
June 6, 2002
Company President Charged in Caviar Smuggling Conspiracy
WASHINGTON, D.C. Viktor Tsimbal, the President of Beluga Caviar Inc. has been arrested and charged with organizing a caviar smuggling conspiracy in violation of wildlife protection laws, including the Endangered Species Act. An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Miami, Fla., and announced today by Guy Lewis, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Tom Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division.
June 5, 2002
Crim De La Crim Members Indicted for Illegal Removal and Disposal of Asbestos
WASHINGTON, D.C. A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against three members of a Martinsburg, West Virginia company, Crim de la Crim, for the illegal removal and disposal of asbestos from a commercial building in Martinsburg, the Justice Department announced.
May 30, 2002
Files Suit Against Oil Companies for Gasoline Discharge Pipeline Blast That Killed Three People, Two of Them Children
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the United States has filed a civil suit against Shell Pipeline Company LP and Olympic Pipeline Company in connection with the June 1999 gasoline pipeline rupture near Bellingham, Wash. The complaint alleges that the rupture was caused by gross negligence in the operation and maintenance of the pipeline. The rupture resulted in the discharge of over 230,000 gallons of gasoline into Whatcom and Hanna Creeks and caused the deaths of three young people, as well as severe property and environmental damage.
May 28, 2002
Two Sentenced in Las Vegas for Criminal Discharges of Electroplating Wastes
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden and Tom Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division announced that Gene Moran and John Gold were sentenced today for criminal violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from their operation of Silver State Plating, an electroplating facility in downtown Las Vegas, Nev.
Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty in Alaska
WASHINGTON, D.C. Je Yong Lee, Chief Engineer of the M/V Sohoh pled guilty today in United States District Court to three federal felony crimes. Defendant Lee admitted to keeping and presenting a false log book that concealed the dumping of waste oil and sludge from his ship, obstructing a United States Coast Guard investigation and witness tampering for telling crew members to lie to a federal grand jury in Anchorage. The plea was announced today by Timothy M. Burgess, United States Attorney for Alaska and Thomas L. Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Medical Doctor Pleads Guilty to Illegal Disposal Of Asbestos; Hired Homeless People and Other Workers to Remove Asbestos Without Warning Them of Health Risks
WASHINGTON, D.C. United States Attorney John L. Brownlee of the Western District of Virginia and Tom Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division announced today two guilty pleas in a case involving illegal disposal of asbestos. The guilty pleas of David Stephens Klein, 48, and Davold Real Estate Partnership were entered in United States Court in Harrisburg, Va.
May 22, 2002
South Carolina Chemical Facility, Individuals Charged Under Clean Water Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. United States Attorney Strom Thurmond, Jr. and the Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury has returned an Indictment today, charging Tin Products, Inc., James H. Goldman, Jr. Melanie T. Purvis and George Metts with conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act. Tin Products and Goldman were also charged with substantive violations of the Clean Water Act.
May 21, 2002
Statement of Tom Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for The Environment and Natural Resources Division
The following statement was issued by Assistant Attorney General Tom Sansonetti following the hearing today before the 11th Circuit of Appeals in Atlanta regarding the TVA v. EPA case:
May 17, 2002
United States and California Announce Settlement for Southern California Oil Spill
WASHINGTON, D.C. Under a settlement agreement filed yesterday, three energy companies have agreed to pay $3 million to the United States and the state of California for civil penalties and restoration of natural resources damaged by an oil spill from an offshore pipeline along the coast of Southern California in 1997.
May 13, 2002
Ashland, Inc. Pleads Guilty to Endangering Employees Under the Clean Air Act
MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- Ashland, Inc. pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to criminal charges related to a May 16, 1997 fire and explosion at its former Minnesota refinery, the Department of Justice announced today. As part of the plea, Ashland agreed to pay more than $7 million in fines and restitution.
April 26, 2002
United States and Maryland Reach Agreement with Baltimore to Overhaul Sewer System, Stop Sewage Overflows
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Maryland announced today a joint settlement with the city of Baltimore that addresses continuing hazards posed by hundreds of illegal wastewater discharges of raw sewage from Baltimore's wastewater collection system.
April 22, 2002
Court Approves Ford Agreement to Restore Krejci Dump
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Justice and the National Park Service announced today that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has approved a settlement under which the Ford Motor Company will clean up the Krejci Dump Site in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northern Ohio. Ford has agreed to remove 77,000 cubic yards of soil and debris enough to cover a football field to a depth of over 36 feet contaminated with lead, heavy metals, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) as a result of years of industrial dumping.
April 19, 2002
District Court Rejects Attempt to Block Ban on Personal Watercraft in National Parks
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas today denied a request by personal watercraft associations and users to stop the implementation of Department of the Interior regulations banning the use of personal watercraft in numerous National Parks throughout the United States.
DC Circuit Upholds Water Pollution Discharge Limitations for Pulp and Paper Mills
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an opinion issued today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously affirmed updated Clean Water Act discharge limitations for pulp and paper mills adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1998. The new regulations will substantially reduce discharges of numerous toxic pollutants, including dioxin, and will encourage mills to use the most modern and effective pollution control technologies.
Historic Agreement Between United States and Xcel Energy to Save Raptors from Electrocution in 12 States
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Justice announced today a historic agreement with Xcel Energy in which the electric utility company will evaluate and alter its power lines to prevent the deaths of eagles, hawks and other migratory birds on over 90,000 miles of electric transmission lines throughout the nation's mid-section. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is the first of its type completed in the United States.
April 17, 2002
Former Company Vice President Indicted for Conspiring to Falsify Data on Millions of Gallons of Reformulated Gasoline
NEWARK A former vice president of a multinational petroleum products testing company was indicted today on charges of conspiring to violate the federal Clean Air Act and a variety of fraud statutes, as well as for obstructing justice, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie and Tom Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division announced.
April 1, 2002
United States and State of Illinois Settle Case with Premcor Refining Group, Inc.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the state of Illinois announced today a settlement requiring the owner of a large petroleum refinery, Premcor Refining Group, Inc., to pay $6.25 million for violations of several environmental laws.
March 26, 2002
DC Circuit Upholds Air Quality Standards for Ozone and Particulate Matter
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an opinion issued today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld ambient air quality standards for ozone (smog) and fine particulate matter (soot or "PM") promulgated by EPA in 1997. A wide variety of industry groups had opposed the more stringent new standards, which will require imposition of additional controls in many areas.
DoJ to Host Meet and Greet with Assistant Attorney General Sansonetti
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division Tom Sansonetti will meet with reporters on the record TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. No cameras please.
March 25, 2002
United States and Montana Reach Agreement with Mining Companies to Clean Up Berkeley Pit
WASHINGTON- The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Montana today announced an $87 million settlement with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), a subsidiary of BP p.l.c., and five other mining companies to control billions of gallons of highly acidic mine drainage that is contaminating the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Mont. The agreed on remedy will prevent the mine drainage, which is filled with arsenic and heavy metals, from flowing out of the pit and endangering Buttes drinking water supply, Silver Bow Creek and the Clark Fork River.
March 22, 2002
Grand Jury Indicts Ship Captain and Two Chief Engineers
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA A federal grand jury returned two indictments in the government's ongoing investigation of four foreign flagged freight ships that arrived in Dutch Harbor, Alaska in January of this year. Doo Hyun Kim, the Captain of the M/V Khana, and In Ho Kim, the Chief Engineer of the M/V Khana, are both charged with making false statements and using false records, obstructing a United States Coast Guard proceeding, and witness tampering for instructing crew members to lie about the discharge of oil and sludge overboard.
United States Announces Intent to Lodge Settlement for Comprehensive Study of PCB Contamination in Anniston, Alabama
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced its intent to lodge on Monday, March 25, 2002, a comprehensive environmental settlement with Solutia Inc., and Pharmacia Corporation, to investigate and address the serious polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contamination in Anniston, Ala. Solutia was formerly known as Monsanto Company.
March 18, 2002
Government and Ferro Corporation Settle Clean Air Act Claims
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the state of Indiana, and the city of Hammond, Ind. today jointly entered into a $3 million settlement of claims against Ferro Corporation for the company's violations of the federal and state "new source review" provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and of related state and local ordinances.
March 14, 2002
Ship Captain and Chief Engineers Arrested in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA A Ship Captain and Chief Engineers of two foreign flag vessels have been arrested and charged with keeping false log books to conceal the dumping of waste oil and sludge from two ships, obstructing a Coast Guard investigation, and obstruction of justice for allegedly telling crew members to lie to a federal grand jury.
March 13, 2002
U.S. and Boise Cascade Reach Clean Air Act Settlement; Wood Products Industry New Source Review Case Settled
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced a comprehensive Clean Air Act (CAA) agreement with wood products industry giant Boise Cascade Corporation that will require reductions of up to 95 percent of the harmful emissions from the company's eight plywood and particle board plants. The plants are located in Oregon, Washington, Louisiana and Idaho.
Landlord Sentenced to Jail for Lying About Lead Paint Hazards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Washington, D.C.-area landlord was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., to incarceration for two years for obstructing an investigation by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and making false statements to federal officials, in order to conceal his failure to notify tenants of the presence and hazards associated with lead-based paint. The case is the first-ever criminal prosecution in the United States related to failure to give lead hazard warnings that are required by the federal Lead Hazard Reduction Act of 1992.
March 8, 2002
Tanker Company Sentenced for Conspiring to Conceal Hazardous Condition and Oil Pollution in Baltimore Harbor
BALTIMORE, MD - Thomas M. DiBiagio, U.S. Attorney for Maryland and Thomas L. Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department Environment and Natural Resources Division, today announced the sentencing of a Danish shipping company, D/S Progress, to pay a $250,000 criminal fine for conspiring to conceal a hazardous leak in the hull of an oil tanker that visited Baltimore, for failing to report emergency discharges to save the ship and for presenting false log books to the U.S. Coast Guard in order to disguise the leak, emergency discharges and other deliberate acts of dumping oil.
March 6, 2002
Smugglers of Ozone Depleting CFCs Plead Guilty
HARTFORD, CT Barry Himes, John Mucha and Richard Pelletier pled guilty today to conspiring to smuggle ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbon gases ("CFCs") into the United States by means of false statements to U.S. Customs and the Environmental Protection Agency, and to defrauding the Internal Revenue Service in its attempts to collect excise and income taxes on proceeds from the sale of the contraband.
March 5, 2002
United States and Ohio Reach Settlement with City of Youngstown to Halt Years of Sewer Overflows
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Ohio today announced a settlement with the City of Youngstown that will reduce and perhaps eliminate long-standing and significant raw sewage discharges from its combined sewer system. Under the settlement, the City estimates that it will spend $12 million in short-term improvements over the next six years and $100 million over the next two decades to develop and implement a long-term sewage discharge control plan.
February 25, 2002
Court Imposes Second Highest Clean Water Act Penalty Ever Awarded to the United States After Trial
PITTSBURGH -- A federal district court has ordered Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation to pay the second highest penalty that a judge has awarded to the United States after trial under the Clean Water Act (CWA) since the law was passed in1972. The court ordered Allegheny Ludlum to pay a penalty of $8,244,670 for violations of the CWA at its steel mills on the Allegheny and Kiskimenetas Rivers outside Pittsburgh.
February 15, 2002
United States Reaches $6.95 Million Settlement on California Superfund Site Casmalia
Los Angeles, Calif. -- The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced today a proposed settlement totaling nearly $7 million to be used in cleaning up the Casmalia Resources Superfund Site in Central California. The agreement resolves the liability of the Estate of Kenneth H. Hunter, Jr., Casmalia Resources, Hunter Resources and other parties.
United States and Ohio Reach Settlement with Cincinnati and Hamilton County to End Years of Sewer Overflows
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Ohio today announced a partial settlement with the Board of Commissioners of Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati that will eliminate long-standing and significant sewage discharges from its sanitary sewer system. Under the settlement, the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) could spend upwards of $450 million toward eliminating these discharges. This decree will result in approximately100 million gallons of raw sewage discharges eliminated annually.
February 7, 2002
3M to Pay $15.5 Million for Krejci Dump Site Cleanup
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Justice Department and the National Park Service (NPS) today announced a settlement under which Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M) will pay $15.5 million for government cleanup work at the Krejci Dump Site and for injuries to natural resources in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northern Ohio. The cleanup effort, which other defendants will continue under a prior settlement, will ultimately restore the 47-acre former dump and salvage yard for integration into the rest of the Park.
February 6, 2002
Tanker Officer Indicted for Causing Death of Subordinate Crew Member During Tank Cleaning Operation
TAMPA, FL -- A grand jury indictment returned today charges the Chief Officer of a tanker with causing the death of a man under his command during a tank cleaning operation through misconduct, negligence and inattention to his duties aboard the ship. The defendant allegedly directed a crew member to enter a cargo tank despite the fact that the defendant knew the atmosphere in the tank contained dangerous levels of combustible gas.
February 1, 2002
United States Settles Case with Natural Gas Pipeline Company
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation (Transco), under which the company has agreed to test for and clean up soil and groundwater contamination related to waste disposal at numerous compressor stations along its natural gas pipeline, which traverses 12 states from Texas to New York.
January 31, 2002
Caviar Company and President Convicted in Smuggling Conspiracy
GREENBELT, MD The Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division announced today that Alfred Yazback, president and owner of Connoisseur Brands Ltd., will serve time in prison and pay fines for conspiring to smuggle protected sturgeon caviar and making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), as well as selling counterfeit caviar to retail food companies with false labels in violation of the Lacey Act, a wildlife protection statute.
January 24, 2002
Mobile Sewer Board in Alabama to Improve Wastewater Utility, Pay Penalties for Clean Water Act Violations
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Alabama today announced a settlement with the Water and Sewer Board of the City of Mobile, A.L., for violations of the Clean Water Act's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. Mobile Bay Watch, Inc., a local citizens' group, is also a party to this settlement.
Murphy Oil Required to Spend Over $12 Million to Reduce Pollution and Pay $5.5 Million in Civil Penalties
MADISON, WISCONSIN -- The Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney's office in Madison, Wisconsin, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Wisconsin Department of Justice today announced a proposed settlement with Murphy Oil USA, Inc., which will dramatically cut sulfur dioxide ("SO2") emissions from the company's Superior, W.I. refinery, and will also improve Murphy Oil's programs to monitor and repair leaks of volatile organic compounds and to prevent oil spills.
United States and New Jersey Announce Clean Air Act Coal-Fired Power Plant Settlement with PSEG Fossil LLC
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of New Jersey today announced a major Clean Air Act settlement involving PSEG Fossil LLC under which the company will spend over $337 million to install state-of-the-art pollution controls to eliminate the vast majority of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from its Mercer and Hudson coal-fired power plants in Jersey City and Hamilton, N.J.
January 17, 2002
Duncan, British Columbia Man Sentenced to 24 Months for Smuggling and Illegally Selling Eagle Parts
WASHINGTON D.C. -- A Duncan, British Columbia man has been sentenced to 24 months in prison following his October 26, 2001 conviction for four counts of violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and a single count of wildlife smuggling, United States Attorney John McKay and Assistant Attorney General Thomas L. Sansonnetti of the Department of Justice announced today.
January 14, 2002
South Carolina Environmental Contractor Going to Jail
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA A former environmental contractor, James Edward Adams of Inman, S.C., has been sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years of supervisory release for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and related crimes, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The sentencing took place in the federal district court for the District of South Carolina.