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December 29, 2008
John Rapanos Agrees to Pay for Clean Water Act Violations
John A. Rapanos and related defendants have agreed to pay a civil penalty and recreate approximately 100 acres of wetlands and buffer areas to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act at three sites in Midland and Bay counties, Michigan.
December 23, 2008
ExxonMobil Charged in Boston Harbor Oil Spill
A criminal information was filed today in federal court charging a wholly owned subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation with violating the criminal provisions of the Clean Water Act in connection with a spill of approximately 15,000 gallons of diesel oil into the Mystic River from ExxonMobilís oil terminal in Everett, Mass.
December 18, 2008
United States Seeks $21 Million from State of Oklahoma on Unpaid Reservoir Contract
The United States has asked a federal court in Oklahoma to order the state of Oklahoma to pay more than $21 million due under a contract with the Army Corps of Engineers for the construction of Sardis Lake reservoir.
December 17, 2008
ExxonMobil to Pay Penalty for Violating Agreement
ExxonMobil has agreed to pay nearly $6.1 million in civil penalties for violating the terms of a 2005 court-approved Clean Air Act agreement.
December 16, 2008
Spokane Man Sentenced to Prison for Hazardous Waste Violations
Robert Wayne Webb was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison by Judge Edward Lodge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho for knowingly storing hazardous waste without first obtaining a permit at a storage facility in Rathdrum, Idaho, and a private residence in Spokane, Wash.
December 9, 2008
Settlement Clears Way for Cleanup of Massachusetts Superfund Site
A multi-party settlement involving the federal government will ensure that cleanup efforts proceed at the Shpack Landfill Superfund site in the towns of Norton and Attleboro, Mass.
December 2, 2008
Utah Gold and Silver Refinery Sentenced for Clean Water Act Violation
Johnson Matthey Inc. (JMI), a Pennsylvania corporation, was sentenced today to a $3 million criminal fine for a felony violation of the Clean Water Act by Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.
December 1, 2008
PVC Manufacturers Agree to Reduce Air Pollutants and Strengthen Control of Hazardous Wastes
Shintech, Inc. and its subsidiary K-Bin, Inc., have agreed in a settlement filed today by the Justice Department and EPA to spend $4.8 million to comply with the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) at their manufacturing facilities in Freeport, Texas.
November 26, 2008
Portuguese Shipping Company and Two Employees Found Guilty of Environmental Crimes
A federal jury in Corpus Christi, Texas returned guilty verdicts against General Maritime Management (Portugal), the operator of a fleet of tanker vessels, Chief Engineer Antonio Rodrigues, and First Engineer Jose Cavadas, for making false statements to the United States Coast Guard and failing to maintain an accurate oil record book as required by United States and international law.
November 10, 2008
Japanese Operator of Cargo Vessel Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Falsifying Records
Hiong Guan Navegacion Japan Co. Ltd., operator of the commercial cargo ship Balsa 62, agreed to plead guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Fla., to conspiracy and to falsifying and failing to properly maintain records meant to ensure environmental compliance.
November 4, 2008
Plantation Pipe Line Will Pay Penalty for Fuel Spills in Va., N.C., Ga.
Plantation Pipe Line Company, Alpharetta, Ga., has agreed to pay a civil penalty and implement safeguards in order to resolve a Clean Water Act lawsuit over fuel pipeline spills in three states.
October 30, 2008
Agreements Ensure Funding for Cleanup of Connecticut Superfund Site
The federal government, along with the state of Connecticut, has reached three related settlements with numerous responsible parties to ensure funding for environmental clean up activities at the Solvents Recovery Service of New England Superfund (SRSNE) site in Southington, Conn.
Two Found Guilty of Conspiracy Involving the Importation and Sale of Falsely Labeled Fish from Vietnam
Peter Xuong Lam, of Fairfax, Va., was found guilty late yesterday by a federal jury in Los Angeles of conspiring to import mislabeled fish in order to avoid federal import tariffs. Lam also was found guilty on three counts of dealing in fish that he knew had been imported contrary to law.
October 21, 2008
Executives of Michigan Wastewater Treatment Company Found Guilty of Illegally Discharging Untreated Liquid Wastes
A federal jury in Detroit has convicted three former managers of Comprehensive Environmental Solutions, Inc. (CESI), a company that operates an industrial waste treatment and disposal facility in Dearborn, Mich., following a three week jury trial before U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts.
October 17, 2008
Man Sentenced for Attempting to Illegally Import Big Game Leopard Trophy
Jerry Mason, of Frankfort, S.D., pleaded guilty today and was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Denver for a false statement he provided to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in an attempt to illegally import a leopard hide and skull from a trophy hunt in South Africa.
October 15, 2008
Company Convicted for Illegally Storing Hazardous Waste in Rhode Island
The Southern Union Company, the Texas-based former owner of the New England Gas Company, was convicted today by a federal jury in Providence, R.I., for illegally storing mercury at a site in Pawtucket, R.I.
October 9, 2008
Fact Sheet: Operation Central
Operation Central, a three-year undercover operation conducted by federal agents and prosecutors, has resulted in the arrests and guilty pleas of seven individuals who took part in the illegal international trade of skins and products made from protected sea turtles and other wildlife.
Seventh Individual Sentenced for Trafficking Protected Wildlife Products
Martin Villegas Terrones, a Mexican national, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for his role in an illegal smuggling operation that trafficked in protected sea turtle species
October 7, 2008
Arizona Developer Agrees to Settle Clean Water Act Violations Along the Santa Cruz River
An Arizona land developer and a contractor have agreed to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act for bulldozing, filling, and diverting approximately five miles of the Santa Cruz River, a major waterway in Arizona.
September 17, 2008
CITGO Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Clean Water Act Violation in Louisiana
CITGO, a Delaware corporation, pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to pay a $13 million fine for the negligent discharge of pollutants into two rivers in Louisiana in violation of the Clean Water Act. The $13 million fine is the largest ever for a criminal misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act.
September 8, 2008
Campground Owner Sentenced for Clean Water Act Violation
Abner J. Schultz, a resident of Lake Havasu, Ariz., was sentenced today in federal court in Pocatello, Idaho for a criminal violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) related to unlawful dredge and fill work along the Salmon River.
Illinois Cement Plant Agrees to Reduce Harmful Emissions
Two companies that own and operate a Portland cement manufacturing facility near Dixon, Ill., have agreed to install state-of-the-art pollution controls to reduce harmful air emissions and pay an $800,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.
September 3, 2008
Utah Gold and Silver Refining Company Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Violation
Johnson Matthey Inc., the owner and operator of a gold and silver refining facility in Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty today to a felony violation of the Clean Water Act for failing to properly report wastewater discharges at the facility.  The former plant manager and former general manager both pleaded guilty to making false statements and were sentenced by Dee Benson, U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah.
August 26, 2008
Former FENOC Employee Convicted for Concealing Information from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Andrew Siemaszko, a former reactor coolant system engineer at FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), was convicted today by a federal jury in Toledo, Ohio, for concealing information from and making false statements to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
August 20, 2008
Former U.S. Coast Guard Officer Sentenced for Lying About Vessel Pollution
David G. Williams, a former Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and main propulsion assistant for the Coast Guard Cutter Rush, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Hawaii for making a false statement to federal criminal agents investigating allegations of potential discharges of oil-contaminated waste from the cutter into the Honolulu Harbor.
August 19, 2008
New Jersey Manufacturer Agrees to Reduce Harmful Emissions
Colorite Specialty Resins, headquartered in Somerville, N.J., has agreed to perform corrective measures at its Burlington, N.J., manufacturing facility that will reduce harmful emissions of vinyl chloride to resolve alleged violations of federal and state environmental laws.
August 13, 2008
Oregon Corporation Sentenced for Ocean Pollution Violation
Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals Incorporated (KMBT) was sentenced for a felony violation of federal ocean protection laws. KMBT admitted to violating the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, more commonly known as the Ocean Dumping Act, which makes it a crime to knowingly transport or cause to be transported, without a permit, certain materials from the United States for the purpose of dumping the materials into ocean waters.
August 12, 2008
University of Rhode Island and Local Municipalities Agree to Clean up Superfund Site
The University of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, and two municipalities have agreed to pay for past and future cleanup costs at the West Kingston Town Dump/URI Disposal Area Superfund Site, located in South Kingstown, R.I.
Federal Government Announces Settlement with Coal-fired Power Plant
As part of the fifteenth settlement secured by the Department and the Environmental Protection Agency to control harmful air pollution from coal-fired power plants, the owner and operator of a plant in St. Johns, Ariz., has agreed to install pollution controls at an estimated cost of $400 million to reduce harmful emissions and pay a $950,000 civil penalty.
August 7, 2008
Nevada Landfill Operator Agrees to $36 Million Plan to Close Landfill Site
Republic Services of Southern Nevada, the current operator of the Sunrise Mountain Landfill located in Clark County, Nev., has agreed to construct and operate a comprehensive remedy for the site and to pay a $1 million civil fine in order to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.
August 6, 2008
Two Indicted for Smuggling Leopard Hides into U.S.
An indictment was returned charging two individuals with smuggling the hides and a skull of two leopards into the United States in violation of the Convention on International Trade in Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), an international treaty that regulates international shipments of listed species, to which the United States and 172 other countries are members. The leopards allegedly were hunted and killed in South Africa illegally and then smuggled into Zimbabwe to obtain false CITES permits.
July 29, 2008
Court Orders Apex Oil Company to Perform $150 Million Environmental Cleanup
Apex Oil Company Inc. has been ordered to remediate extensive soil and groundwater contamination from its former refinery operations in Hartford, Ill. In a decision issued on July 28, 2008, Apex Oil Company Inc. was ordered to clean up the contamination, at an expected cost of $150 million.
July 23, 2008
Company that Managed Cosco Busan Indicted on New Charges
A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned a second superseding indictment charging Fleet Management Limited, a Hong Kong ship management company, with negligently causing the discharge of 50,000 gallons of oil from the Cosco Busan and falsifying documents after the crash to cover-up the companyís negligence.
July 9, 2008
Shipping Company Sentenced for Pollution-Related Charges
Italian shipping company B.Navi Ship Management Services was sentenced today to pay $1,500,000 and serve three years probation in connection with the illegal dumping of oily sludge, bilge wastes, and oil-contaminated ballast water from the M/V Windsor Castle, a 27,000 gross-ton bulk carrier vessel.
July 8, 2008
Bristol-Myers Squibb Agrees to Clean Air Act Upgrades
Bristol-Myers Squibb, an international pharmaceutical manufacturer, has agreed to reduce the output of ozone-depleting refrigerants at multiple industrial facilities around the country at a combined cost of $3.65 million in order to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act.
June 23, 2008
Pfizer to Pay $975,000 for Alleged Clean Air Violations at Connecticut Facility
The pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its former manufacturing plant in Groton, Conn.
June 20, 2008
Second Texas Man Sentenced to 16 Months in Prison for Smuggling Protected Sea Turtles
Oscar Cueva, of McAllen, Texas, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Denver to 16 months in prison for his participation in the sale and smuggling of sea turtle and other exotic skins and skin products into the United States from Mexico, the Justice Department announced today.
June 18, 2008
Former Fujicolor Employee Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crime
Gerald Lakota, a former employee of Fujicolor Processing, pleaded guilty today to willfully concealing and covering up a material fact in reports required to be filed under the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department announced.
June 16, 2008
Oklahoma-Based Pipeline Company to Pay $5.3 Million for Petroleum Discharges
Magellan Midstream Partners agreed to pay a $5.3 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The alleged violations include illegally discharging gasoline and fuel oil from pipelines in Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and Arkansas into nearby waterways over the past 10 years.
German-Based Operator of Ship and Chief Engineer Plead Guilty to Falsifying Records
Reederei Karl Schlueter, an operator for GmbH & Co. KG (RKS), a ship management company, and Chief Engineer Nikola Ilijic, an officer on a ship operated by RKS, pleaded guilty today to a charge that they falsified the Oil Record Book pertaining to the commercial vessel M/V MSC Uruguay, announced the Justice Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Pat Meehan. Schlueter is of Rendsburg, Germany, and Ilijic is of Rijeka, Croatia.
June 11, 2008
Four of the Nationís Largest Home Builders Settle Storm Water Violations
Four of the nationís largest home builders have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $4.3 million to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The companies also have agreed to implement company-wide compliance programs that go beyond current regulatory requirements and put controls in place that will keep 1.2 billion pounds of sediment from polluting our nationís waterways each year.
June 10, 2008
Valero Refining-Texas Agrees to Resolve Alleged Violations Over Corpus Christi, Texas Oil Spill
Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. has agreed to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a spill of 3,400 barrels of oil into the Corpus Christi Ship Channel on June 1, 2006, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
June 6, 2008
Colorado Construction Firm Settles Storm Water Violations
Colorado Structures, Inc., (CSI) a construction management firm that specializes in building big-box commercial stores in the western United States, has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty and implement a company-wide storm water compliance program to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
June 5, 2008
Oregon Corporation and Its President Sentenced for Hazardous Waste Violations
Spencer Environmental Incorporated (SEI) and its president, Donald M. Spencer, were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Haggerty for the District of Oregon, the Justice Department announced. In a related matter, SEIís former engineer, Durbin Hartel, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.
May 30, 2008
Texas Boot Dealer Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Smuggling Protected Sea Turtles
Jorge Caraveo, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Denver to serve 18 months in prison for his participation in the sale and smuggling of sea turtle and other exotic skins and skin products into the United States from Mexico, the Justice Department announced.
May 29, 2008
Campground Owner Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Violation
Abner J. Schultz, a resident of Lake Havasu, Ariz., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Pocatello, Idaho, to a Clean Water Act (CWA) violation arising out of unlawful dredge and fill work in the Salmon River between June and November 2005, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division and Thomas E. Moss U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho.
May 19, 2008
Motorola, Siemens Corp. and Glaxosmithkline Pay $500,000 Penalty for System Failures a Superfund Site in Scottsdale, Arizona
Motorola, Inc., Siemens Corp. and GlaxoSmithKline will collectively pay a $500,000 civil penalty for system failures that led to the release of trichloroethylene (TCE) into the public drinking water system in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
May 23, 2008
Toray Industries to Pay U.S. for Price Fixing on Carbon Fiber Materials
Toray Industries Inc., a Japanese company, and its U.S. subsidiary, Toray Composites (America) Inc., have agreed to pay the United States $15.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that they conspired to fix prices on carbon fiber, a graphite substance used in aircraft, ammunition and satellites procured by the United States, the Justice Department announced today.
May 5, 2008
Water Supply and Storage Company to Pay $9 Million for Damages to Rocky Mountain National Park
Water Supply and Storage Company (WSSC), a mutual ditch company and the owner and operator of the Grand River Ditch, has agreed to pay $9 million for damages to natural resources within Rocky Mountain National Park caused by a May 30, 2003,  breach of the Grand River Ditch, the Justice Department and National Park Service announced today.
May 1, 2008
U.S. Coast Guard Officer Pleads Guilty for Lying about Vessel Pollution
The Department of Justice announced today that it has filed a consent decree that will resolve its employment lawsuit on behalf of Sean Thornton against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nationís largest retailer.
Former FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company Employee Sentenced for Lying to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
David Geisen of DePere, Wisc., was sentenced today to four months of home confinement with electronic monitoring for making false statements and misleading the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about the quality of past inspections of the reactor-head at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station during the fall of 2001, the Justice Department announced.
April 30, 2008
Mexican National Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Smuggling Protected Sea Turtles
Esteban Lopez Estrada, a Mexican national, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Denver to 24 months in prison for his participation in the sale and smuggling of sea turtle and other exotic skins and skin products into the United States from Mexico, the Justice Department announced today.
April 29, 2008
Corporation Pleads Guilty to Ocean Discharge Violations
The National Navigation Company (NNC) pleaded guilty and was sentenced today in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon for 15 felony charges, the Justice Department announced. The company, based in Cairo, Egypt, admitted to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and making false statements to federal officials
Mexican National Sentenced for Smuggling Protected Sea Turtles
Carlos Leal Barragan, of Ciudad Guzman, Mexico, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to serve 16 months in prison and three years supervised release in connection with his sale and smuggling of internationally protected sea turtle skins and sea turtle products from Mexico to the United States, the Justice Department announced.
April 24, 2008
Taiwanese And U.S. Companies Settle Clean Air Violations
A Taiwanese manufacturer and three American corporations will pay a $2 million civil penalty for allegedly importing and distributing approximately 200,000 chainsaws in the U.S. that failed to meet federal air pollution standards, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The companies also agreed to spend approximately $5 million on projects to reduce air pollution.
April 21, 2008
Holly Refining Agrees to Spend Millions to Upgrade Pollution Controls
Holly Refining & Marketing has agreed to spend more than $17 million in new and upgraded pollution controls at its refinery in Woods Cross, Utah, and pay a $120,000 civil penalty, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The settlement, which resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act by Holly, is expected to reduce air pollution by more than 420 tons of harmful emissions annually.
April 15, 2008
Chinese Baby Furniture Company and its President Indicted for Smuggling Internationally Protected Wood
Danny M. Chien, a Taiwanese citizen and resident of Shanghai, China, and Style Craft Furniture Co., Ltd., were each indicted today by a federal grand jury in Newark, N.J., on one count of smuggling, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Departmentís Environment and Natural Resources Division and Christopher J. Christie, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
April 7, 2008
ConocoPhillips Pays $1.2 Million to Settle Clean Water Act Violations
ConocoPhillips, an international energy company, has agreed to pay a $1.2 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to over 2,000 effluent discharges from a petroleum refinery it operates in Borger, Texas, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.
April 4, 2008
Ship Operator Pleads Guilty to Concealing Vessel Pollution
PACCSHIP, the operator and manager of approximately ten ships that regularly carry goods between Asia and ports in the United States, pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to pay a $1.7 million fine for crimes related to improper transfers and discharges of oil-contaminated waste from two of its ships, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Departmentís Environment and Natural Resources Division and George E. B. Holding, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
March 21, 2008
Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for Making False Statements in Attempt to Import Big Game Leopard Trophy
Mark Booth, of Shippensburg, Pa., was sentenced today to pay $10,000 fine, $5,000 community service payment and to serve three years probation, by U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Babcock in the District of Colorado for making false statements in connection with his attempt to import the trophy parts of a leopard illegally killed in South Africa in 2003, the Justice Department announced. During the probationary period, Mr. Booth is prohibited from hunting anywhere in the world and must take steps to notify the trophy-hunting community of the need to comply with laws and regulations related to that activity.
March 18, 2008
Ship Pilot Charged in San Francisco Bay Oil Spill Case
John Joseph Cota, the pilot of the Cosco Busan, the 65,131-ton container ship that collided with the San Francisco Bay Bridge resulting in the discharge of approximately 58,000 gallons of oil, was charged today with violations of the Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division and Joseph P. Russoniello, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.
March 14, 2008
Lexington, Ky., Agrees to Major Sewer System Upgrades
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) in Kentucky has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems, at a cost estimated to exceed $290 million, to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage, and to reduce pollution levels in urban storm water. In addition, LFUCG will pay a civil penalty of $425,000 to the United States and implement two federal and two state environmental projects valued at $2.73 million that will provide additional environmental benefits to the Lexington community.
March 12, 2008
Illinois Corporation Pleads Guilty to Illegally Dealing in Falsely Labeled Fish from Vietnam
True World Foods Chicago, LLC, was sentenced on March 11, 2008, to pay $60,000 for its role in purchasing and re-selling falsely labeled frozen fish fillets in violation of the Lacey Act, the Justice Department announced today. The Lacey Act prohibits, among other things, the receipt, acquisition or purchase of fish that was taken, possessed, transported or sold in violation of U.S. laws or regulations.
Uranium Processing Company Pleads Guilty to Poisoning Migratory Birds
Cotter Corp., headquartered in Denver, Colo., pleaded guilty and was sentenced today in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado for its role in the poisoning deaths of migratory birds at its uranium processing facility near Cañon City, Colo., the Justice Department announced.
Seventh Defendant Pleads Guilty in Turtle Smuggling Case
Martin Villegas Terrones, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Denver for his role in an illegal smuggling operation that trafficked in protected turtle species, the Justice Department announced today.
March 11, 2008
W.R. Grace to Pay for Cleanup of Asbestos Contamination in Libby, Montana
W.R. Grace, a global supplier of specialty chemicals, has agreed to pay $250 million, the highest sum in the history of the Superfund program, to reimburse the federal government for the costs of the investigation and cleanup of asbestos contamination in Libby, Mont., the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
The City of Jacksonville Agrees to Clean up two Superfund Sites
The city of Jacksonville, Fla., has agreed to clean up two Superfund Sites located within the city limits at an estimated cost of $94 million, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. In addition, the settlement requires the city to reimburse all costs incurred by EPA.
February 28, 2008
Chief Engineer of U.S. Ship Pleads Guilty to Concealing Deliberate Pollution in ďMagic PipeĒ 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 ďmagic pipeĒ that bypassed required pollution prevention equipment, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Departmentís Environment and Natural Resources Division and Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
Commercial Fishing Vesselís Captain Sentenced 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 sentenced today to 4 months in prison and one year supervised release, the Justice Department announced today.
February 27, 2008
Agreement Ensures Funding for Second Phase of Cleanup at Industri-plex Site in Massachusetts
A comprehensive settlement was reached today between the federal government, the Pharmacia Corporation and Bayer CropScience Inc., which will ensure the second phase of cleanup actions at the Industri-Plex Superfund Site in Woburn, Mass., the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. The settlement agreement is contained in a consent decree lodged today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts by the Justice Department on behalf of the EPA.
February 26, 2008
Virgin Islands Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Removal of Asbestos
Cleve Allen George, the owner of the Virgin Islands Asbestos Removal, Co., was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for multiple violations of the Clean Air Act and false statements related to the demolition of a low-income housing neighborhood in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Justice Department announced today.
Home Depot Settles Storm Water Violations
Home Depot has agreed to pay a $1.3 million penalty and implement a nationwide compliance program to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The settlement resolves alleged violations that were discovered at more than 30 construction sites in 28 states where new Home Depot stores were being built.
February 19, 2008
Chinese National Sentenced to Prison in Turtle Smuggling Case
Wang Hong, a Chinese national, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Denver to 167 days in prison and three years of supervised release, the Justice Department announced today. Wang pleaded guilty to federal smuggling charges earlier this year in connection with his sale and shipment of endangered sea turtle shell and shell products from China to the United States.
CBS Corp. to Pay More than $31 Million for Final Cleanup of Bloomington, Indiana Superfund Sites
CBS Corp. has agreed to pay $31.35 million to resolve all outstanding liability related to the cleanup of six Superfund sites in and near Bloomington, Ind., the Justice Department, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Indiana announced today. This is the last in a series of partial settlements that have been negotiated with CBS over the past 10 years after the parties abandoned their original settlement, which required CBS to excavate and incinerate PCB-contaminated materials.
February 8, 2008
Sixth Defendant Pleads Guilty in Connection with Illegal Sea Turtle Smuggling
Esteban Lopez Estrada, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Denver to one felony count of smuggling and one felony count of money laundering in connection with the smuggling of sea turtle and other exotic skins and skin products into the United States from Mexico, the Justice Department announced today.
February 7, 2008
Shipping Company and Chief Engineer Plead Guilty to Vessel Pollution Related Charges
Italian shipping company B. Navi Ship Management Services and Chief Engineer Dushko Babukchiev pleaded guilty in connection with the illegal dumping of oily sludge, bilge wastes and oil contaminated ballast water from one of the companyís ships, the M/V Windsor Castle, a 27,000 gross-ton bulk carrier vessel, Assistant Attorney General Ronald J. Tenpas, U.S. Attorney Donald J. DeGabrielle Jr., and U.S. Coast Guard Captain James E. Tunstall announced.
Mississippi Hazardous Waste Operator Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Environmental Crimes
Dennie Eugene Pridemore was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Natchez, Miss. to 41 months in prison and 3 years probation for illegally storing and disposing hazardous waste, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced.
Atlantic Richfield Company Agrees to Pay $187 Million for Montana Superfund Cleanup
The Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) has agreed to pay $187 million that will finance a major cleanup along 120 miles of the Clark Fork River and other areas in southwestern Montana, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
January 29, 2008
Two More Plead Guilty in Turtle Smuggling Case
Jorge Caraveo of El Paso, Texas, and Carlos Leal Barragan of Jalisco, Mexico, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Denver to felony charges in connection with the smuggling of sea turtle and other exotic skins and skin products into the United States from Mexico, the Justice Department announced today. Caraveo pleaded guilty to three counts of smuggling, and Leal Barragan pleaded guilty to one count of smuggling and one count of money laundering.
January 24, 2008
Tamarack Resort Pays $185,000 Penalty to Settle Storm Water Violations
The Tamarack Resort, located approximately 100 miles north of Boise, Idaho, has agreed to pay the United States a $185,000 penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act arising from storm water violations discovered on the resortís property in 2005 and 2006, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced.
January 18, 2008
Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Protected Sea Turtles
Oscar Cueva of McAllen, Texas pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Denver to a felony count of conspiracy to smuggle protected sea turtle and other exotic skins and skin products into the United States and to launder funds in support of that smuggling, the Justice Department announced.
January 17, 2008
Massey Energy to Pay Largest Civil Penalty Ever for Water Permit Violations
Massey Energy Company, Inc. has agreed to pay a $20 million civil penalty in a corporate-wide settlement to resolve Clean Water Act violations at coal mines in West Virginia and Kentucky, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. This is the largest civil penalty in EPAís history levied against a company for wastewater discharge permit violations.
January 16, 2008
Three Parties Agree to Pay for Cleanup of Iron Horse Park Superfund Site in Massachusetts
Boston and Maine Corp., BNZ Materials Inc., and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), have agreed to perform environmental cleanup work expected to cost $23.53 million at the 553-acre Iron Horse Park Superfund Site located in Massachusetts, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
January 15, 2008
Sinclair Oil Agrees to Improved Refinery Pollution Controls
Sinclair Oil Corp. will pay a $2.45 million civil penalty and spend more than $72 million for new and upgraded pollution controls to reduce air pollution from the company's three refineries, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The settlement resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at the company's facilities in Casper and Sinclair, Wyo., and in Tulsa, Okla.
January 14, 2008
Illinois Resident Pleads Guilty to Illegally Dealing in Falsely Labeled Fish from Vietnam
David S. Wong, a resident of Elk Grove Village, Ill., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to violating the Lacey Act for purchasing and re-selling a specific species of fish in the catfish family when he reasonably should have known that the fish had been imported illegally, the Justice Department announced.
January 11, 2008
Branko Lazic Sentenced for Clean Air Violation
Branko Lazic, owner of Bilaz, Inc., was sentenced today in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to six months home confinement for a Clean Air Act violation for improper removal of asbestos, the Justice Department announced.
January 10, 2008
Shipís Chief Engineer Sentenced in Vessel Pollution Case
Mark Humphries, the former chief engineer of the M/V Tanabata, an American-flagged car-carrier ship based in Baltimore, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to six months in prison for conspiracy to make illegal discharges of oily waste and lying to the Coast Guard, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Departmentís Environment and Natural Resources Division and Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
Second Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Protected Sea Turtles
Fu Yiner, a Chinese national, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to a felony count of smuggling in connection with his sale and shipment of internationally protected sea turtle shell and sea turtle shell products from China to the United States, the Justice Department announced.
Environmental Supervisor Sentenced for Violations at Patuxent River Naval Air Station
Robert Langill of Woburn, Mass., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., to 60 days in prison, 10 months home detention, and 2 years of supervised release for violating the Clean Air Act in connection with asbestos abatement at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Departmentís Environment and Natural Resources Division and Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
January 9, 2008
Insurance Company Agrees to Pay $42.5 Million for Environmental Cleanup at Former Fruit of the Loom Facilities
The American International Specialty Lines Insurance Company, Inc. (AISLIC), has agreed to pay $42.5 million to clean up contamination at four industrial facilities in a suit in which the Department of Justice intervened on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies. The four sites, formerly owned by Fruit of the Loom, are located in Michigan, New Jersey and Tennessee.
January 3, 2008
Individual Sentenced for Poisoning Migratory Birds
Lyle Ravenkamp of Hugo, Colo., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and was sentenced for his role in the poisoning deaths of over 2,200 migratory birds on agricultural land, the Justice Department announced.
Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Protected Sea Turtles
Wang Hong, a Chinese national, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to a felony count of smuggling in connection with his sale and shipment of internationally protected sea turtle shell and sea turtle shell products from China to the United States, the Justice Department announced.
 

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