December 28, 2007
City of Fort Wayne, Indiana Agrees to Make $250 Million in Improvements to Sewer System
The City of Fort Wayne, Ind., has agreed to make an estimated $250 million worth of improvements to resolve longstanding problems with overflows from its sewer system, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
December 19, 2007
W.R. Grace to Pay Toward Cleanup of Hazardous Waste Sites
W.R. Grace, a global supplier of specialty chemicals, has agreed to a $34 million bankruptcy settlement for cleanup costs at 32 Superfund sites across the country, the Justice Department announced today. The action settles a bankruptcy claim brought by the federal government to recover money for Superfund site cleanup.
December 14, 2007
Tanker Company Fined $4.9 Million for Falsifying Records and Obstruction of Justice
Repeat offender, Ionia Management, a Greek company that manages a fleet of tanker vessels, was sentenced today for its role in falsifying records to conceal the overboard dumping of waste oil from the M/T Kriton into international waters and its efforts to impede the investigation of the U.S. Coast Guard, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, Kevin J. O’Connor, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Rear Admiral Tim Sullivan, Commander of the First Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard.
December 13, 2007
Merck Settles Clean Water Act Violations at its Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Plant
Merck, the global pharmaceutical research company, has agreed to resolve violations of federal and state water pollution control regulations arising from spills including a June 2006 spill at its pharmaceutical plant outside of Philadelphia, announced Pat Meehan, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
December 3, 2007
Ship’s Chief Engineer Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice and Conspiracy
Petros Renieris, the chief engineer of the M/T Kriton, was sentenced today to two years probation and a $9,000 fine for his role in falsifying Oil Record Book entries to conceal the overboard dumping of waste oil from the tanker ship into international waters and his participation in subsequent efforts to impede the U.S. Coast Guard and other authorities from learning of the dumping, the Justice Department announced.
November 28, 2007
Vessel Operator Sentenced to Pay $525,000 for Environmental Crime
A federal district court in Maine sentenced Petraia Maritime Ltd., late yesterday, to pay a fine of $525,000 and serve two years probation for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution From Ships (APPS), the Justice Department announced.
November 21, 2007
Court Approves Water Rights Settlement in Washington State
A federal judge in Seattle approved a water rights settlement that resolves a longstanding dispute regarding the regulation and use of groundwater in northwest Washington State, the Justice Department announced today. Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division Ronald J. Tenpas remarked that “This settlement brings the parties together, reducing the possibility of future litigation and builds a framework for cooperation between the tribe, state, and private parties.”
November 16, 2007
Texas Company and Two Individuals Indicted for Environmental Crimes
Two individuals including a company executive have been indicted for their roles in a conspiracy to illegally transport and dispose of hazardous waste, the Justice Department announced. John Kessel, the president and owner of Texas Oil and Gathering, Inc., and Edgar Pettijohn, the company’s operations manager, were arrested and charged today with illegally disposing of hazardous waste at facilities only approved to take oil and gas production waste. Texas Oil and Gathering, Inc., a licensed hazardous waste transporter and used oil handler, was also named in the indictment.
November 14, 2007
Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Transporting Unlawfully Killed Black Bear Across State Lines
A Leominster, Mass., man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boston to a misdemeanor charge for his role in unlawfully killing and transporting a black bear (Ursus americanus) across state lines in violation of the Lacey Act, the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts announced.
November 8, 2007
New Mexico Business Owners Plead Guilty and Are Sentenced for Transporting Mountain Lion Across State Lines
John “Tom” Boyer and his wife Deborah Boyer, owners of Let’s Tree It Outfitters in Reserve, N.M., pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Denver to a criminal information charging each of them with a misdemeanor violation of the Lacey Act, the Justice Department announced today. The Lacey Act prohibits the interstate transportation of wildlife which, in the exercise of due care, the transporter should have known was taken in violation of any state wildlife-related law.
October 31, 2007
Hercules, Inc. Pays $12.95 Million for Environmental Cleanup Costs at Navy-owned, Contractor-operated Site
Hercules, Inc., a former defense contractor, has agreed to pay the United States nearly $13 million toward the cleanup of the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) site in Rocket Center, West Virginia, according to a settlement reached today with the Department of Justice, the Department of the Navy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
October 26, 2007
Asbestos Abatement Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Clean Air Act Violations Arising From U.S. Naval Air Station Cleanup
Robert Langill of Woburn, Mass., pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act in connection with asbestos abatement at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland announced today.
October 25, 2007
Fact Sheet: Prosecution of Environmental Crimes by the Environment and Natural Resources Division
The Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) has 40 prosecutors who enforce federal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Lacey Act, and the Endangered Species Act, among other statutes.
British Petroleum to Pay More Than $370 Million in Environmental Crimes, Fraud Cases
British Petroleum and several of its subsidiaries have agreed to pay approximately $373 million in fines and restitution for environmental violations stemming from a fatal explosion at a Texas refinery in March 2005, leaks of crude oil from pipelines in Alaska, and fraud for conspiring to corner the market and manipulate the price of propane carried through Texas pipelines, the Department of Justice announced today.
October 24, 2007
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn. Agree to Extensive Sewer System Upgrades
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (Metro), at a cost of between $300 million and $400 million, has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage and to control overflows of combined sewage and storm water under a settlement announced today by the Justice Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).
October 22, 2007
Former Eastern Idaho Man Sentenced for Hazardous Waste Violations
Krister Sven Everston, of Wasilla, Alaska, also known as Krister Ericksson was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for illegally transporting hazardous materials and illegally storing hazardous waste, the Justice Department announced. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $421,049 and placed on supervised leave for 3 years.
October 16, 2007
Former Owner of New England Gas Charged With Illegally Storing Mercury at a Pawtucket, Rhode Island Site
A federal grand jury in Providence has charged the Southern Union Company, the Texas-based former owner of the New England Gas Company, with illegally storing mercury at a Pawtucket, R.I., site and with failing to report mercury spillage.
October 11, 2007
West Virginia Health and Safety Official Pleads Guilty to Bribery
Paul Prendergast, a resident of Gaithersburg, Md., pleaded guilty today to violating the Travel Act in connection with accepting bribes in violation of the West Virginia Bribery and Corrupt Practices Act, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
October 9, 2007
Rowan Companies and Nine Supervisory Employees Plead Guilty to Environmental Crimes in Connection with Oil and Gas Drilling Operations
Rowan Companies, Inc., a major oil and gas drilling company, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Beaumont, Texas, to three felonies in connection with the routine discharge of pollutants and garbage into the Gulf of Mexico from one of the firm’s oil rigs, the Justice Department announced.
Fact Sheet: United States Et Al. vs. American Electric Power
On October 9, 2007, the United States, eight states, and thirteen citizen groups announced a settlement agreement with American Electric Power (AEP) under the Clean Air Act’s (Act) New Source Review (NSR) provisions that obtains relief at sixteen (16) of AEP’s coal-fired power plants (46 units) located in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.
September 28, 2007
Hunt Refining Settles Federal Air Pollution Case for $49 Million
The Hunt Refining Co. and Hunt Southland Refining Co. have agreed to pay a $400,000 civil penalty and spend more than $48.5 million for new and upgraded pollution controls at three refineries, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced. The settlement resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and is expected to reduce more than 1,250 tons of harmful emissions annually from the company's refineries in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Sandersville and Lumberton, Miss.
September 27, 2007
Ship Captain Pleads Guilty to Charges Related to Vessel Pollution
Nicanor E. Jumalon pleaded guilty today, in federal court in Puerto Rico, for his involvement with the illegal dumping of oily sludge, bilge wastes, and oil contaminated ballast water from the 479-foot general cargo vessel the M/V Sportsqueen, the Justice Department announced.
September 20, 2007
Justice Department to Hold Community Meeting to Identify Potential Victims of Citgo Petroleum Corporation Crimes
Officials from the Environmental Crimes Section of the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas will hold a community meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas as part of the Department's obligations under the Crime Victim Rights Act to identify, locate and notify persons who may have been victims of crime.
Shipping Company and Chief Engineer Plead Guilty to Vessel Pollution Related Charges
India-based shipping company Accord Ship Management and Chief Engineer Francisco Sabando pleaded guilty today in connection with the illegal dumping of oily sludge, bilge wastes, and oil contaminated ballast water from one of the company’s ships, the M/V Sportsqueen, a 479-foot general cargo vessel, Acting Assistant Attorney General Ronald J. Tenpas, U.S. Attorney Rosa E. Rodriguez-Velez, and U.S Coast Guard Captain James E. Tunstall announced.
U.S. Imposes Highest Acid Rain Fine Ever
In a landmark settlement filed today, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, a coal-fired electric utility, has agreed to pay an $11.4 million penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act’s acid rain program, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. As part of today’s settlement, the U.S. is seeking court-approval for the highest fine ever under the Clean Air Act's acid rain program. The Commonwealth of Kentucky joined in today’s consent decree.
September 12, 2007
Outfitter Charged in Houston with Illegal Import of Wildlife
Robert Kern, the president of the Hunting Consortium, a hunting outfitter based in Berryville, Va., and the company itself were both indicted today by a federal grand jury in Houston for violating the Lacey Act, Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division announced.
September 6, 2007
Undercover Sting Nets Five Individuals for Illegal Trade of Protected Sea Turtles and Other Wildlife
A three-year undercover operation conducted by federal agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service led to the arrests today of five individuals for their roles in illegal international trade of exotic skins and parts manufactured from sea turtles and other protected species of wildlife, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, Troy Eid, U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, and Benito Perez, Acting Chief, Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Fujicolor Processing Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crime
Fujicolor Processing agreed to pay a $200,000 criminal fine for discharging excessive amounts of silver-tainted photo processing waste to a Texas wastewater treatment plant, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
Tanker Company Convicted for Obstruction of Justice and Conspiracy
Ionia Management, a Greek company that manages a fleet of tanker vessels, was convicted today for its role in overboard dumping of waste oil from the M/T Kriton into international waters and its efforts to impede the U.S. Coast Guard and other authorities from learning of the dumping, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
Federal Government Announces Settlement With Texas Oil Company Over Oil Spills in Coastal Louisiana
The Meridian Resource & Exploration LLC and Louisiana Onshore Properties LLC (Meridian) will pay a $504,000 civil penalty and enhance the pipeline monitoring and oil spill prevention program at its Weeks Island facility in Iberia Parish, La., to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
August 29, 2007
United States Sues to Stop Illegal Grazing on Federal Lands
The Justice Department today sued two ranchers and the estate of a third rancher for trespassing on federal lands in Nevada.
August 24, 2007
Former Chief Engineer Arraigned on Charges Related to Vessel Pollution
Patrick K. Brown, a former Chief Engineer of the M/V Fidelio was arraigned today on a six count indictment related to deliberate vessel pollution that was originally returned by a federal grand jury on July 26, 2007. The indictment was announced by Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment & Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
August 22, 2007
Ship Operator Pleads Guilty and Sentenced to Pay $10 Million Related to Charges Arising from Grounding in the Aleutians
IMC Shipping Co. Pte. Ltd. (IMC), a Singapore corporation, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Alaska to a three-count information alleging two violations of the Refuse Act for the illegal discharge of oil and soy beans and one violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for killing of thousands of migratory birds that resulted from the grounding of the M/V Selendang Ayu on Dec. 8, 2004 in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. IMC was subsequently sentenced to pay a criminal penalty of $10 million.
August 16, 2007
Valero Energy Agrees to $232 Million in Clean Air Act Pollution Controls
The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement with Valero Energy Corp. that provides for a $4.25 million penalty and $232 million in new and upgraded pollution controls at refineries in Tennessee, Ohio and Texas that were formerly owned by Premcor Inc.
Texas Man Sentenced to Five Months in Jail for Environmental Crimes
Dennis Rodriguez of El Paso, Texas, has been sentenced to five months imprisonment for environmental crimes related to the operation of his company, North American Waste Assistance, LLC (NAWA), which is located in the West Texas city, the Justice Department announced today. Under the plea agreement reached in February of this year, Rodriguez plead guilty to making a material false statement or representation in a manifest used to transport hazardous waste and to two counts of transporting hazardous waste to a facility that did not have a permit issued pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Besides the period of imprisonment, he was also sentenced to five months home confinement, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
Shipping Company to Pay $1.3 Million for Vessel Pollution Charges
Greek-based shipping company Kassian Maritime Navigation Agency Ltd. and Second Assistant Engineer Spyridon Markou were sentenced today in connection with dumping of bilge and wastewater into the ocean from the company’s ship, M/V North Princess, an ocean-going bulk cargo ship traveling to ports in the United States, the Justice Department announced. Kassian had pleaded guilty in July to charges that the company maintained false records in violation the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
August 13, 2007
Joint Settlement Will Ensure Reduction of Hazardous Pollutants from Hammond, Indiana Plant
The United States has reached a settlement with the state of Indiana, the city of Hammond, Ind., and Jupiter Aluminum Corporation, the operator of a secondary aluminum production facility in Hammond, which resolves Clean Air Act violations arising from the operations of the facility.
August 8, 2007
U.S. Coast Guard Officer Indicted for Lying About Vessel Pollution
David G. Williams, a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and the Main Propulsion Assistant for the Coast Guard Cutter RUSH, was indicted today by a federal grand jury for obstructing the investigation into his authorization of the direct overboard discharge of bilge wastes through the deep sink into the Honolulu Harbor, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment & Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii Edward H. Kubo Jr.
August 6, 2007
Commercial Fishing Vessel’s Captain Indicted for Disposing of Spiny Lobster Tails to Prevent their Seizure
Zane H. Fennelly, a former captain of a Jacksonville, Fla.-based commercial fishing vessel, was arrested earlier today on an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Aug. 2, 2007, in Jacksonville, Fla., the Justice Department announced today.
July 31, 2007
San Diego Agrees to Estimated $1 Billion for Sewage System Improvements and Maintenance
The city of San Diego will spend approximately $1 billion over the next six years to make improvements to its sewer system under a comprehensive settlement filed today by the Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
July 26, 2007
El Paso Natural Gas to Pay $15.5 Million Penalty and Perform Comprehensive Reforms to Pipeline System
The Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced today a settlement requiring comprehensive reform on El Paso Natural Gas Company’s (EPNG) entire 10,000 mile pipeline system. The action results from a tragic explosion of an EPNG pipeline which killed twelve people in Carlsbad, New Mexico in August 2000.
July 23, 2007
Shipping Company Pleads Guilty to Vessel Pollution-Related Charges
Greek-based shipping company Kassian Maritime Navigation Agency Ltd. pleaded guilty today to maintaining a false record pertaining to the illegal dumping of bilge and wastewater into the ocean from the M/V North Princess, an ocean-going bulk cargo ship traveling to ports in the United States, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
July 20, 2007
Dupont Agrees to Spend $66 Million to Reduce Air Pollution at Four Plants
The Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement today with E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. that is expected to reduce more than 13,000 tons of harmful emissions annually from four sulfuric acid production plants in Louisiana, Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.
July 19, 2007
Major Chemical Manufacturer will Spend $125 Million to Reduce Pollution
Equistar Chemicals LP, headquartered in Houston, Texas, will spend more than $125 million on pollution controls and cleanup to address a myriad of air, water and hazardous waste violations at seven petrochemical plants in Texas, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
July 18, 2007
CITGO Refining And Chemicals Co. Found Guilty of Environmental Crimes
CITGO Refining and Chemicals Co. (CITGO Refining) was found guilty late yesterday of three misdemeanor criminal violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) by a judge in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Justice Department announced today.
July 12, 2007
St. Louis Developers to Pay $590,000 Penalty for Polluting Waterways with Runoff from Three Construction Sites
Several St. Louis-area developers responsible for polluting streams and lakes with runoff from three construction sites will adhere to a strict compliance program at future construction projects, clean up past pollution, and pay one of the largest environmental penalties of its kind in state history under a consent decree reached with the United States, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, and the city of Wildwood, Mo.
July 9, 2007
Second Largest U.S. Copper Producer Implements Comprehensive Cleanup at Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah
Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation (Kennecott), the second largest copper producer in the United States, has agreed to implement a comprehensive cleanup of groundwater contamination from past mining operations related to the Bingham Canyon Mine located southwest of Salt Lake City, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
July 2, 2007
United States Announces Clean Air Act Settlement with Electric Utility
East Kentucky Power Cooperative, a coal-fired electric utility based in Winchester, Ky., will spend approximately $650 million on pollution controls and pay a $750,000 penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its three plants, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
June 29, 2007
Acuity Specialty Products Group Pleads Guilty to Violating Clean Water Act
Acuity Specialty Products, Inc., (Acuity) a company that has a manufacturing plant in Atlanta pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging it with a knowing violation of the Clean Water Act. Per the terms of the plea agreement, U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob imposed a sentence of three years of probation and a fine of $3.8 million.
June 28, 2007
Federal Superfund Settlement Will Ensure Cleanup of Foote Mineral Site
The Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement that will ensure the expedited cleanup of the Foote Mineral Superfund Site, in Chester County, Pa. The settling defendant, which has expended approximately $7 million on cleanup actions already, will pay approximately $15 million to complete cleanup work of the site. In addition, the settling defendant has agreed to reimburse the EPA for a portion of the cleanup costs incurred for response actions at the site.
June 27, 2007
Citgo Petroleum and Subsidiary Found Guilty of Environmental Crimes
A federal jury in Corpus Christi, Texas, found CITGO Petroleum Corp., and its subsidiary, CITGO Refining and Chemicals Co. (collectively CITGO) guilty of two felony criminal violations of the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department announced today.
June 26, 2007
California Man Sentenced for Environmental Crimes
Jeffrey Andrew Diaz, operator of a bird abatement business which uses captive raptors to scare nuisance birds from client sites, was sentenced to prison yesterday in the Northern District of California for smuggling Eurasian Eagle Owl eggs into the United States from Austria.
June 20, 2007
U.S. Oil Tanker Firm to Pay $10 Million as Part of Largest-Ever Penalty for Concealing Vessel Pollution
Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG) was sentenced today in Beaumont, Texas, to pay $10 million as part of a $37 million criminal settlement with the United States involving 33 felony counts, 12 oil tankers and ports located in Beaumont, Boston, Mass., Portland, Maine, San Francisco, Calif., and Wilmington, N.C., announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment & Natural Resources Division and John L. Ratcliffe, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.
June 13, 2007
U.S. Announces $60.7 Million Clean Air Act Settlement with Nevada Power
The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a $60.7 million Clean Air Act settlement with Nevada Power Company that will improve air quality in the Clark County/Las Vegas, Nev. area by requiring the company to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a harmful air pollutant, from its Clark Generating Station by about 2,300 tons annually.
June 7, 2007
Tanker Company and Second Engineer Indicted for Dumping Oil and Obstruction of Justice
Ionia Management, a Greek company that manages a fleet of tanker vessels, was indicted today for its role in overboard dumping of waste oil from the M/T Kriton into international waters and their efforts to impede the United States Coast Guard and other authorities from learning of the illegal conduct.
Two Individuals Arrested for Conspiracy to Import Falsely Labeled Fish
Two individuals, David S. Wong and David Chu, were arrested today in Chicago and San Francisco, respectively, for charges related to conspiracy to import falsely labeled fish, the Justice Department announced.
June 1, 2007
Department of Justice and EPA Announce Proposed $4.6 Million Settlement with Midamerican Energy Company and the City of Le Mars, Iowa
The Department of Justice on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that a proposed consent decree was lodged today with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa in United States v. MidAmerican Energy Company and the City of Le Mars, Iowa.
May 31, 2007
Landmark Settlement Aims to Clean Up Raw Sewage Discharges in Allegheny County
In a landmark settlement with federal, state and county authorities, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) has agreed to a comprehensive plan to greatly reduce the annual discharge of billions of gallons of untreated sewage into local waterways.
May 18, 2007
Petraia Maritime Ltd. Found Guilty of Environmental Crime
A jury in Maine returned a guilty verdict against Petraia Maritime Ltd. late yesterday, for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution From Ships (APPS).
May 17, 2007
Kerr-McGee to Spend $18 Million to Reduce Emissions from Natural Gas Production Facilities in Colorado and Utah
Kerr-McGee Corp. will spend $18 million on pollution controls in the first comprehensive settlement under the Clean Air Act that will reduce harmful emissions and conserve natural gas at production facilities across Utah and Colorado. The control measures and operational improvements are expected to reduce annual emissions of air pollutants by more than 2,500 tons in Utah and more than 3,000 tons in Colorado, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
May 15, 2007
Justice Department Reaches Settlement to Resolve Litigation at Oceana Naval Base
The Justice Department and the U.S. Navy have reached a settlement agreement with approximately 3,400 property owners in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Va., regarding litigation relating to jet noise at a naval air base. Under the terms of the agreement, the participating plaintiffs agree to dismiss their claims and acknowledge that the settlement does not constitute an admission of liability by the United States.
May 9, 2007
Federal Government, State of Hawaii, and City and County Of Honolulu Agreement Will Address Vulnerabilities That Led to Waikiki Sewage Spill
The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office, and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) have reached an interim agreement with the City and County of Honolulu (CCH) that will correct the most significant problems in Honolulu’s wastewater collection system. This settlement resolves a civil enforcement action that the United States and the state have filed against CCH.
May 1, 2007
Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty to Concealing Deliberate Pollution in “Magic Pipe” Case
The former chief engineer of an American-flagged car-carrier pleaded guilty today to criminal charges related to the deliberate discharge of oil-contaminated bilge waste through a “magic pipe” that bypassed required pollution prevention equipment, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew J. McKeown for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
April 30, 2007
Texas Refinery Will Pay $2.9 Million to Resolve Air Violations
Total Petrochemical USA Inc. (Total) will pay a $2.9 million penalty and upgrade pollution controls at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
April 26, 2007
Acid Manufacturer Will Spend $50 Million to Reduce Air Pollution
Rhodia Inc., an acid manufacturer, will pay a $2 million penalty and spend approximately $50 million on air pollution controls at eight production plants in four states across the country, per the terms of a settlement which will resolve allegations that the company violated the Clean Air Act. The pollution controls are expected to reduce harmful emissions from its production plants in Texas, Louisiana, California and Indiana by 19,000 tons per year.
April 24, 2007
Two Men Sentenced for Violating Environmental Law
A former boat builder, Michael Bonner of Wetumpka, Ala. and a commercial fisherman, Gerald E. Andrews Jr. of Pensacola, Fla., were each sentenced today to three years of probation and fines of $25,000 and $40,000, respectively, the Justice Department announced.
April 19, 2007
Tyco International (US) Inc. to Pay More Than $1.1 Million to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations at Former Facility
Tyco International (US) Inc. will pay a penalty of more than $1.1 million to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at its former metal forming and finishing facility located in Hamburg, N.J., the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.
April 16, 2007
Federal Agreement Ensures Funding for Cleanup of Beede Waste Oil Site in Plaistow, New Hampshire
The federal government and state of New Hampshire today reached a comprehensive settlement agreement with 101 potentially responsible parties which will ensure cleanup actions at the 41-acre Beede Waste Oil Superfund Site in Plaistow, N.H. The agreement provides for site-wide cleanup estimated to cost approximately $48 million, payment of over $9 million for future federal and state oversight costs, and recovery of over $17 million in past response costs incurred by federal and state agencies at the site.
April 9, 2007
Sparks, Nevada-based Company Pleads Guilty to Violating the Clean Water Act
Greg Street Plating Inc.—an electroplating, metal plating and finishing company based in Sparks, Nev.—pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging the company with discharging highly acidic waste into the sewer system that leads to the Truckee Meadows Sewage treatment facility, in violation of the Clean Water Act. The company, which is no longer operating, was also sentenced to pay a $30,000 penalty for its criminal violation.
April 4, 2007
Sinclair Tulsa Refining Company and Managers Sentenced for Environmental Crimes
Sinclair Tulsa Refining Company, a subsidiary of major oil and gasoline producer Sinclair Oil, and two company managers, were sentenced today for environmental crimes related to the operation of the Tulsa Refinery.
United States Announces Clean Air Act Settlement with Two Oil and Gas Companies in Illinois
The United States government and the state of Illinois today reached a Clean Air Act (CAA) settlement with oil producers Rex Energy Operating Corp. and PennTex Resources Illinois, Inc. which will result in reduced emissions from the companies’ facilities in Illinois.
Nevada Department of Environmental Protection and Federal Government Reach $90 Million Joint Settlement with Nevada Power
Nevada Power Company has agreed to a joint settlement today with the federal government and the state of Nevada that will require the utility to spend nearly $85 million on cleaner technology and pay a $1.11 million fine, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.
March 27, 2007
Three Shipping Companies Indicted for Covering Up Pollution
Three companies that own and operate an oceangoing chemical tanker named the M/T Clipper Trojan were indicted today in connection with an attempt by crew members to cover up the illegal dumping of oily waste in international waters, the Justice Department announced.
March 21, 2007
EPEC Polymers Agrees to Settlement Worth $23.4 Million to Clean Up Texas Superfund Site
EPEC Polymers Inc., headquartered in Houston, has reached a settlement worth an estimated $23.4 million regarding the Petro-Chemical Systems Inc. Superfund Site in Liberty County, Texas, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
March 13, 2007
Refiner to Pay $2.2 Million for Environmental Violations
Williams Refining Co., the former owner and operator of a Memphis, Tenn., petroleum refinery, has agreed to pay $2.2 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations that the company violated the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.
February 20, 2007
Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes
Dennis Rodriguez of El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty today to criminal environmental crimes related to the operation of his company, North American Waste Assistance, LLC (NAWA), also located in El Paso.
January 29, 2007
Two Vessel Corporations Plead Guilty, Are Sentenced for Illegal Dumping
Greek-based shipping companies Chian Spirit Maritime Enterprises, Inc. and Venetico Marine each pleaded guilty today in District court in Delaware to a felony violation related to the operation of the M/V Irene E.M., a large bulk carrier.
January 26, 2007
Ship Chief & Crew Sentenced for Vessel Pollution
The Chief Engineer and Second Engineer of the M/V Sun New, owned and operated by The Sun Ace Shipping Company based in Seoul, South Korea, were sentenced today for crimes related to vessel pollution in relation to the operation of the bulk carrier vessel, the Justice Department announced.
January 24, 2007
American-Based Ship Operator Sentenced for Environmental Crimes
American-based ship operator, Pacific-Gulf Marine, Inc. (PGM), was sentenced today for deliberate acts of pollution involving a fleet of four ships, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
January 10, 2007
M.G. Waldbaum Company Will Pay $1 Million Penalty to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations
M.G. Waldbaum Company, a subsidiary of Minnesota-based Michael Foods Inc., has agreed to pay a $1.05 million penalty to resolve allegations that the company violated the Clean Water Act.