December 29, 2011
Essroc Cement Company to Pay $1.7 Million Penalty to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations
Essroc Cement Company has agreed to pay a $1.7 million penalty and invest approximately $33 million in pollution control technology to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at six of its portland cement manufacturing plants.
December 19, 2011
New Jersey Solid Waste Management Facility Sentenced After Illegally Dumping In Upstate New York
Lieze Associates, dba Eagle Recycling, of New Jersey, was sentenced today in federal court in Utica, N.Y., following their guilty plea to conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act and to defrauding the United States, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division announced today.
December 15, 2011
Texas Oil Company Sentenced to Pay $12 Million for Clean Air Act and Obstruction Crimes in Louisiana
Pelican Refining Company LLC, was sentenced today to pay $12 million for felony violations of the Clean Air Act and obstruction of justice charges in federal court in Lafayette, La., announced Stephanie A. Finley, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General of the Environment ...
California Building Materials Manufacturer Agrees to Pay $1.4 Million to Settle Clean Air Act Violations
The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that CalPortland Company (CPC), a major producer of Portland cement and building materials in the United States, has agreed to pay a $1.425 million penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its cement plant in Mojave, ...
December 14, 2011
US Clean Water Act Settlement in Chicago to Reduce Sewage Overflows
The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office today announced a Clean Water Act (CWA) settlement with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to resolve claims that untreated sewer discharges were released into Chicago area waterways during flood and wet weather events.
December 13, 2011
Greek Shipping Company, Master and Chief Engineer of M/V Agios Emilianos Convicted for Intentional Cover-Up of Oil Pollution and Obstruction of Justice
Ilios Shipping Company S.A., pleaded guilty in federal court in New Orleans for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and obstruction of justice, announced Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno and U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
December 12, 2011
Tennessee Construction Company and Georgia Department of Transportation Agree to Pay $1.5 Million Penalty to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations
Wright Brothers Construction Co., of Charleston, Tenn., and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) have agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty and spend more than $1.3 million to offset environmental damages to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
December 7, 2011
Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno's prepared remarks for the New York Bar Association
Many thanks to Jeff Gracer, Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz, and the New York City Bar Association for inviting me to speak with you today. Jeff is an old friend of mine, and I am delighted that he asked me to discuss the great work of the Environment and Natural Resources Division.
December 6, 2011
New Zealand Fishing Company Indicted for Enviromental Crimes and Obstruction of Justice
A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., has returned a seven-count indictment charging Sanford Ltd. with violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), conspiracy and obstruction of justice, announced Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno and United States Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.
Ivory Smuggler Pleads Guilty in New York
Lin Feng Xu, 31, an antique dealer in China, has pleaded guilty to smuggling and to violating the Endangered Species Act in connection with the illegal export of African elephant ivory in his carry-on luggage.
November 29, 2011
Lafarge North America Inc. Agrees to Pay $740,000 Penalty to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations in Five States
Ready-Mix Concrete Producer Agrees to Invest an Estimated $8 Million to Improve Environmental Compliance at 189 Similar Facilities in the U.S.
November 10, 2011
Caltrans to Pay $10 Million to Remediate the Presidio’s Mountain Lake and to Re-route Highway 1 Drainage to Avoid Future Contamination
Federal officials announced a civil settlement with the state of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) resolving claims brought by the Presidio Trust and the U.S. Army resulting from Caltrans’ construction and operation of Highway 1 (also known as Park Presidio Boulevard) through the Presidio of San Francisco.
November 9, 2011
Buffalo Developer Indicted for Illegally Filling Over 90 Acres of Wetlands in Amherst, N.Y.
A New York developer and his companies were indicted today on federal charges that they conspired to illegally fill jurisdictional wetlands, announced Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney William Hochul for the Western District of New York.
November 4, 2011
Indiana Waste Treatment Company, Its Owner and a Manager Charged with Conspiracy and Violating the Clean Water Act
Tierra Environmental and Industrial Services, Inc., a centralized waste treatment facility in East Chicago, Ind., its owner and a manager were charged yesterday with conspiracy and felony violations of the Clean Water Act in a seven-count ...
October 31, 2011
Former Asphalt Manager of Pelican Refinery Pleads Guilty in Louisiana to Air Pollution Causing Negligent Endangerment
The former asphalt facilities manager of Pelican Refining Company LLC (PRC), pleaded guilty today to the crime of negligent endangerment under the Clean Air Act in federal court in Lafayette, La., announced Ignacia S. Moreno, ...
October 26, 2011
U.S. Virgin Islands Company Sentenced for Illegal Trade of Protected Coral
A U.S. Virgin Islands company was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., for knowingly trading in falsely-labeled, protected black coral that was shipped into the United States in violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act, the Department of Justice announced.
October 21, 2011
United States and Osage Tribe Announce $380 Million Settlement of Tribal Trust Lawsuit
The United States has reached a final settlement of a long-running lawsuit by the Osage Tribe of Oklahoma regarding the United States’ accounting and management of the tribe’s trust funds and non-monetary trust assets.
October 12, 2011
Oil Company Pleads Guilty to Clean Air Act and Obstruction of Justice Crimes in Louisiana
WASHINGTON – Pelican Refining Company LLC, pleaded guilty today to felony violations of the Clean Air Act and to obstruction of justice charges in federal court in Lafayette, La.
October 11, 2011
Texas Natural Gas and Oil Drilling Contractor Pleads Guilty to Negligent Violation of Clean Water Act in Oklahoma
WASHINGTON – Integrated Production Services, LLC, (IPS), a Houston-based natural gas and oil drilling contractor, pleaded guilty today to a negligent violation of the Clean Water Act in federal court in Muskogee, Okla.
October 7, 2011
Homebuilder Ryland Group Inc. to Pay $625,000 Clean Water Act Penalty and Implement Company-Wide Stormwater Controls
WASHINGTON–The Ryland Group Inc., one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, will pay a civil penalty of $625,000 to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at its construction sites, including sites located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
October 3, 2011
Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Illegally-Imported Sperm Whale Teeth
WASHINGTON – Richard M. Ertel, of Spotsylvania, Va., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., to the illegal importation and illegal trafficking of sperm whale teeth, the Department of Justice announced.
September 30, 2011
Cleanup Agreement Reached at Former Uranium Mine on Spokane Indian Reservation in Northeastern Washington
WASHINGTON - A settlement agreement has been reached for the cleanup of the Midnite Mine Superfund Site, located on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Northeastern Washington.
September 28, 2011
Trident Seafoods Corp. to Pay $2.5 Million to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations and Spend More Than $30 Million to Upgrade Processing Plants
WASHINGTON –Trident Seafoods Corp., one of the world’s largest seafood processors, has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty and invest millions in seafood processing waste controls to settle alleged ...
September 22, 2011
Rochester, New York, Asbestos Abatement Contractor Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Environmental Crimes and False Statements to OSHA
WASHINGTON – After a two day hearing in federal court in Rochester, N.Y., that ended late yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa sentenced Keith Gordon-Smith, 54, of Rochester, to six years ...
September 21, 2011
Professional Illinois Duck Hunter Jeff Foiles Sentenced to More Than One Year in Jail and Fines for Illegal Hunting and Guiding Activities
Professional duck hunter and guide Jeffrey B. Foiles was sentenced today by a federal judge in Springfield, Ill., to 13 months in prison, the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division announced.
Last of 10 Las Vegas Defendants Sentenced for Falsifying Emissions Test Records
William Joseph McCown, 49, of Las Vegas, was sentenced today before District Judge Lloyd D. George of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. McCown was arrested in Las Vegas in June of 2010.
September 19, 2011
Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno Speaks at the M/V Cosco Busan Settlement Press Conference
Good afternoon. My name is Ignacia Moreno, and I am the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the United States Department of Justice. I am pleased to be here with our federal, state, and local partners ...
Ship Owners and Operators to Pay $44 Million in Damages and Penalties for 2007 San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge Crash and Oil Spill
SAN FRANCISCO – Federal, state and Bay-area officials announced a comprehensive civil settlement with the owners and operators of the M/V Cosco Busan, resolving all ...
September 8, 2011
German Shipping Company Sentenced in Puerto Rico to Pay $800,000 Penalty for Intentional Cover-Up of Oil Pollution
Uniteam Marine Shipping GmbH, a German corporation, was sentenced in federal court in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and making false statements ...
September 7, 2011
Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno Announces New Additions to Senior Management Positions
WASHINGTON – Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), today announced two new members of her senior leadership team.
August 24, 2011
Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Importation of Polar Bear Trophy from Canada
Rodger Dale DeVries, 73, a resident of Jenison, Mich., has pleaded guilty to illegally importing a polar bear trophy mount in 2007 from Canada into Michigan in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).
August 18, 2011
Puerto Rican-based Shipping Company Sentenced to Pay $700,000 Penalty for Intentional Cover-Up of Oil Pollution
Epps Shipping Company, a Liberian corporation doing business out of Carolina, Puerto Rico, was sentenced in federal court for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and making false statements to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors.
August 17, 2011
Ohio Wildlife Officer Charged with Lacey Act Crimes
A federal grand jury in Cincinnati, Ohio, returned a four-count indictment today, charging Allan Wright, 45, of Russellville, Ohio, with trafficking in and making false records for illegally harvested white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in violation of the Lacey Act.
August 16, 2011
Three Fishermen, Seafood Wholesaler and Associated Employees Indicted for Obstruction of Justice and the Illegal Harvest and Sale of New Jersey Oysters
A 15-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Camden, N.J., was unsealed today following the arrest of six individuals from New Jersey and Maryland, and the seizure or restraint of 10 oyster fishing boats in New Jersey.
August 15, 2011
Settlement Will Resolve Clean Air Act Penalties and Repay Portion of Clean up Costs from Danvers, Mass. Explosion in 2006
The United States has reached agreement with the owners and a former operator of an inks and paint products manufacturing facility in Danvers, Mass., that exploded and burned in 2006 the day before Thanksgiving.
Braintree, Mass., Waste Facility Agrees to Spend More Than $1.7 Million to Settle Alleged Hazardous Waste Violations
In a settlement valued at more than $1.7 million, Clean Harbors of Braintree Inc. has agreed to pay a significant penalty and perform additional projects, to settle a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regarding numerous violations of hazardous waste management and emergency planning laws at the company’s Braintree, Mass., facility.
August 11, 2011
The City of Newport, R.I., Will Upgrade Facilities and Pay Fine to Settle Clean Water Violations
Under the terms of a settlement filed today in federal court, the city of Newport has agreed to eliminate illegal discharges of sewage into Narragansett Bay from its wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collection system.
August 4, 2011
Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District in Missouri to Pay $4.7 Billion to Cut Sewer Overflows
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems and treatment plants, at an estimated cost of $4.7 billion over 23 years, to eliminate illegal overflows of untreated raw sewage, including basement backups, and to reduce pollution levels in urban rivers and streams.
August 3, 2011
$1 Million Settlement Reached for Natural Resource Damages at Superfund Site in Massachusetts
A $1-million settlement has been reached for natural resource damages (NRD) at the Blackburn & Union Privileges Superfund Site in Walpole, Mass.
July 29, 2011
Dow Chemical Agrees to Pay $2.5 Million Penalty to Resolve Air, Water and Waste Violations at Its Midland Michigan Complex
The Dow Chemical Company has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act at its chemical manufacturing and research complex in Midland, Michigan.
July 28, 2011
Caterpillar Inc. to Pay $2.55 Million Penalty to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations
Caterpillar Inc. has agreed to pay a $2.55 million civil penalty to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations for shipping more than 590,000 highway and non-road engines without the correct emissions controls.
Repeat Offender Shipping Firm Sentenced in New Orleans to Pay $ 1 Million and Banned in “Magic Pipe” Case
Four corporations involved in owning and operating a fleet of vessels regularly visiting New Orleans were today sentenced to pay a $1 million penalty and banned from doing business in the United States for the next five years by Judge Carl J. Barbier.
July 27, 2011
Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno Speaks at the Joint Native American Issues Subcommittee and Attorney General’s Advisory Committee Meeting
Rapid City, S.D. ~ Wednesday, July 27, 2011
July 26, 2011
Alabama Man Indicted for Lacey Act Wildlife Crimes
David Langella, 43, a resident of Scottsboro, traveled to Arizona for the past six years to hunt and capture Arizona state protected reptiles. According to the felony and misdemeanor charges filed in federal court, Langella conspired with others to violate the Lacey Act, as well as Arizona and Alabama state laws.
Chevron Puerto Rico LLC Agrees to Improve Leak Detection at Puerto Rico Gas Stations
A settlement announced today between the United States and Chevron Puerto Rico LLC resolves Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) violations at approximately 100 of Chevron’s underground storage tank facilities in Puerto Rico.
July 20, 2011
Supervisor for Texas Natural Gas and Oil Drilling Company Pleads Guilty in Oklahoma to Negligent Violation of Clean Water Act
Gabriel Henson, a supervisor for Integrated Production Services, Inc., a Houston-based natural gas and oil drilling contractor, pleaded guilty to a negligent violation of the Clean Water Act in federal court in Muskogee, Okla.
July 19, 2011
Jersey City, N.J. to Upgrade and Repair Sewer System to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations
A settlement between the United States and the Jersey City, N.J. Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA) will resolve Clean Water Act violations by JCMUA for failing to properly operate and maintain its combined sewer system.
July 12, 2011
Justice Department and EPA Officials Focus on Environmental Justice in Newark, New Jersey
Senior environmental enforcement officials from the U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toured sites in Newark, N.J., today and met with federal partners and with environmental and community organizations to discuss mutual efforts to address environmental challenges and enforce environmental laws, and in particular efforts to achieve environmental justice.
July 7, 2011
North Carolina Corporate Hog Farm and President Plead Guilty to Violating the Clean Water Act
Freedman Farms, Inc. and its president, William B. Freedman, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in New Bern, N.C., to violating the Clean Water Act when they discharged hog waste into a stream that leads to the Waccamaw River.
July 6, 2011
Louisiana Oil Refinery Vice-President Pleads Guilty to Air Pollution Causing Negligent Endangerment
The vice-president and general manager of the Pelican Refinery in Lake Charles, La., today pleaded guilty to federal negligent endangerment charges under the Clean Air Act before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik in Lafayette, La.
June 21, 2011
Texas Man Sentenced to Jail in Connection with Kansas Deer Hunting and Guiding Operation
A Texas man was sentenced today in federal court in Wichita on felony charges of conspiracy, wildlife trafficking and obstruction of justice related to the illegal sale of guided deer hunts in southern Kansas.
June 23, 2011
Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Duck Hunting Violations
Professional duck hunter and guide Jeffrey B. Foiles pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield, Ill., to wildlife charges arising from the illegal sale of guided waterfowl hunts, the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division announced today.
June 22, 2011
Iowa Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Violate the Clean Air Act
Bobby Joe Knapp, the former owner and operator of the Equitable Building in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James E. Gritzner to 41 months in prison for conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act and the Clean Air Act’s asbestos work practice standards for his role during the renovation of more than 10 floors of the building between 2005 and 2008.
Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno of the Enviornment and Natural Resources Division Speaks at the Retirement Ceremony for John Cruden
Thank you very much Ben. Good afternoon and welcome. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to join you in celebrating John’s many accomplishments.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole Speaks at the Retirement Ceremony for Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Cruden
Thank you, Ben. Good afternoon, everyone. I am thrilled to join you today in honoring John Cruden. John Cruden has dedicated his life to public service.
Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli Speaks at the Retirement Ceremony for Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Cruden
Yesterday in this hall, I had the good fortune to talk to hundreds of DOJ employees about what leadership means in the Department.
Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Retirement Ceremony for John Cruden
Thank you, Ignacia [Moreno]. It’s a pleasure to join with you – and with so many distinguished guests, including leaders who have served in the judiciary, in the military, and in the highest levels of government service – as we celebrate the extraordinary contributions that have characterized John Cruden’s time at the Justice Department.
June 17, 2011
United States and Two California State Agencies File Civil Lawsuit Against Greka Oil & Gas Inc. for Oil Spills in Santa Barbara County
The United States, the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region, filed a civil complaint today in federal court against Greka Oil & Gas Inc. (now known as HVI Cat Canyon Inc.) alleging that the company violated federal and state water laws.
June 16, 2011
Chief Engineer Sentenced in Maryland for Obstructing Investigation into the Illegal Overboard Discharge of Oily Waste
Dimitrios Grifakis, 57, of Kallithea, Greece, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis to six months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for obstructing a Coast Guard inspection that took place in May 2010 aboard a Liberian-operated cargo ship M/V Capitola at the Port of Baltimore.
Swift Beef Company to Pay $1.3 Million Penalty for Clean Water Act and State Law Violations at Its Grand Island, Nebraska Beef Processing Plant
Swift Beef Company, a subsidiary of JBS S.A, the world’s largest beef producer, has agreed to pay $1.3 million to the United States and state of Nebraska to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act and Nebraska state law at its Grand Island, Neb., beef processing plant.
June 13, 2011
Hecla Mining Company to Pay $263 Million in Settlement to Resolve Idaho Superfund Site Litigation and Foster Cooperation
A settlement has been reached with Hecla Mining Company to resolve one of the largest cases ever filed under the Superfund statute. Under the settlement, Hecla will pay $263.4 million plus interest to the United States, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the state of Idaho to resolve claims stemming from releases of wastes from its mining operations.
June 8, 2011
New England Commercial Fisherman Charged with Lacey Act Crimes for Illegally Harvesting Striped Bass
Daniel B. Birkbeck, 46, of North Stonington, Conn., was charged today in federal court with trafficking in and falsifying records for illegally harvested Atlantic Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis).
Ship Operator Pleads Guilty to Crimes Related to Pollution from Cargo Ship Traveling to Corpus Christi, Texas
A ship management company headquartered in Greece that operated a 29,414 - ton cargo ship that made calls in multiple ports in Texas pleaded guilty and was sentenced late yesterday in federal court in Corpus Christi for deliberately concealing pollution discharges from the ship directly into the sea and for failing to notify the U. S. Coast Guard of numerous safety hazards on board the vessel.
June 6, 2011
California Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Conspiring to Violate the Clean Air Act
The owner and manager of a California condominium complex were sentenced today for conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act’s asbestos work practice standards during the renovation of a 204-unit apartment building in Winnetka, Calif., in 2006 – work that caused asbestos to be released into the complex and the surrounding community.
June 3, 2011
New Jersey Waste Management Company, Owner and Three Others Arrested for Illegal Dumping Conspiracy in Upstate New York
The owner of a New Jersey solid waste management company and three of his associates were arrested today on federal charges that they conspired to transport and dump thousands of tons of asbestos contaminated debris at an upstate New York farm containing wetlands.
May 20, 2011
United States Announces Bankruptcy Settlement with Oil Company in Wake of October 2009 Explosions and Fire
Under a settlement agreement lodged today in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, Caribbean Petroleum Corp., Caribbean Petroleum Refining L.P., and Gulf Petroleum Refining Corp. – Puerto Rico (collectively, CAPECO) will pay more than $8.2 million to address environmental liabilities relating to CAPECO’s former petroleum distribution facility in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and more than 170 service stations owned or leased by CAPECO throughout Puerto Rico.
May 18, 2011
Texas Egg Producer Will Pay $1.9 Million Penalty to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations
Mahard Egg Farm Inc., a Texas corporation operating in both Texas and Oklahoma, has agreed to pay a $1.9 million penalty to resolve claims that the company failed to comply with the Clean Water Act at its egg production facilities.
May 5, 2011
Seafood Wholesaler Owners Sentenced in Alabama for Selling Falsely Labeled Fish, Smuggling and Misbranding of Seafood Products
Karen L. Blyth and David H. M. Phelps were sentenced yesterday in federal court in Mobile, Ala., to 33 months and 24 months in prison, respectively. The pair was also fined $5,000 each, and barred for three years from working in the seafood industry or owning any seafood related business.
May 4, 2011
Colorado Petroleum Distributors to Pay $2.5 Million to Settle Clean Air Act Allegations of Illegal Mixing and Distribution of Gasoline
Three Colorado-based gasoline distributors have agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve claims that they illegally mixed and distributed more than one million gallons of gasoline that did not meet Clean Air Act emissions and fuel quality requirements.
Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty in Maryland to Obstructing Investigation into the Illegal Overboard Discharge of Oily Waste
WASHINGTON – Dimitrios Grifakis, 57, of Kallithea, Greece, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Baltimore to obstructing a Coast Guard inspection that took place aboard the M/V Capitola from May 3 to May 11, 2010. Grifakis was then the Chief Engineer of the Capitola.
May 3, 2011
BP Exploration Alaska to Pay $25 Million Penalty for Alaskan North Slope Oil Spill
WASHINGTON – BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. (BP Alaska) will pay a $25 million civil penalty and carry out a system-wide pipeline integrity management program as part of a settlement for spilling more than 5,000 barrels of crude oil from the company’s pipelines on the North Slope of Alaska in 2006. The penalty is the largest per-barrel penalty to date for an oil spill.
April 28, 2011
Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Assistant Attorney General Ignacia Moreno Commend Efforts by Employees of the Environment and Natural Resources Division at Earth Day Service Event
Marking the eighth annual Earth Day Service Celebration today, Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno commended volunteers from the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) as they began work on a future Community Greening Center near Marvin Gaye Park in Northeast Washington, D.C.
April 27, 2011
Greenwich, Connecticut, to Pay Penalty and Fix Wastewater Infrastructure
Under a settlement between the United States, state of Connecticut, and the town of Greenwich, Conn., the town will pay a $200,000 penalty and rehabilitate a critical wastewater collection system that serves three of the town’s major wastewater pump stations.
Federal Jury Finds That Massachusetts Cranberry Growers’ Filling Wetlands Was Subject To Clean Water Act
A federal jury this week found that the Clean Water Act applied to the filling of wetlands and other waters at two properties in Carver, Mass., owned by Charles Johnson, Genelda Johnson, Francis Vaner Johnson, and Johnson Cranberries Limited Partnership.
April 25, 2011
Last of 10 Las Vegas Defendants Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Emissions Test Records
Wajdi Waked, 25, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty today before Judge Philip M. Pro of the U.S. District Court in Nevada, to one count of violating the Clean Air Act by falsifying emissions test results.
April 20, 2011
Idaho Mining Company Agrees To Pay $1.4 Million Penalty To Settle Alleged Clean Water Act Violations
The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that P4 Production LLC, a mining and phosphorus processing company wholly-owned by Monsanto and operating near Soda Springs in southeast Idaho, has agreed to pay a $1.4 million civil penalty for alleged Clean Water Act violations at its South Rasmussen Mine.
April 19, 2011
Terra Industries Inc. to Pay $625,000 Clean Air Act Penalty and Spend $17 Million to Install Pollution Controls at Acid Plants in Iowa, Mississippi and Oklahoma
Terra Industries Inc., one of the nation’s largest producers of nitric acid and nitrogen fertilizers, has agreed to pay $625,000 in civil penalties to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act at nine of its plants in Iowa, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
April 14, 2011
Louisiana Father and Son Plead Guilty to Guiding Illegal Hunts for Protected Alligators
Larry Dees Sr., 66, and Larry Dees Jr., 37, both of Maringuoin, La., each pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge, La., to two violations of the Lacey Act for leading sport hunters to unauthorized areas to hunt American alligators in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act and Louisiana law.
April 12, 2011
Shipping Conglomerate Pleads Guilty to Concealing Deliberate Pollution in “Magic Pipe” Case
Four corporations involved in owning and operating a fleet of vessels regularly visiting New Orleans pleaded guilty today and agreed to pay a $1 million penalty and be banned from doing business in the United States for the next five years under the terms of a proposed plea agreement.
April 11, 2011
New Jersey Solid Waste Management Facility Pleads Guilty to Illegal Dumping in Upstate New York
Lieze Associates, dba Eagle Recycling of New Jersey, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Utica, N.Y., for conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act and to defraud the United States.
Massachusetts Fish Packer Found Guilty of Falsely and Misleadingly Labeling Frozen Fish Fillets
Stephen C. Delaney, 55, of Quincy, Mass., was found guilty on April 9, 2011, by a federal jury in Boston of falsely labeling frozen fish fillets from China.
April 8, 2011
Natural Gas Company Pleads Guilty in Arkansas in Connection with Fayetteville Shale Pipeline Construction Activities
Hawk Field Services LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Houston-based Petrohawk Energy Corporation, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Little Rock, Ark., to charges stemming from the illegal take of endangered species in north-central Arkansas.
March 31, 2011
Taiwanese Shipping Company Convicted for Discharging Oily Bilge Waste into the Waters of American Samoa
Koo’s Shipping Company S.A., a Taiwanese corporation, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of making false statements, knowingly failing to fully and accurately maintain an oil record book as required by international treaty and U.S. law, and for knowingly discharging oily bilge waste into Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa, without using proper pollution prevention equipment.
March 29, 2011
California Man Convicted of Conspiracy and Violating the Clean Air Act by Improperly Handling Asbestos
A Santa Clarita, Calif., resident was convicted today of five environmental charges related to the improper renovation of a San Fernando Valley, Calif., apartment complex.
March 18, 2011
Owner of Renovated Des Moines, Iowa Building Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes
The owner of the Equitable Building in Des Moines, Iowa, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Des Moines to conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act and to violating the Clean Air Act’s work practice standards related to asbestos removal.
March 16, 2011
Brothers Plead Guilty to Felonies in Connection with Kansas Deer Hunting and Guiding Operation
James Bobby Butler Jr. and Marlin Jackson Butler pleaded guilty today in federal court in Wichita, Kan., to felony conspiracy and wildlife trafficking charges stemming from the illegal sale of guided deer hunts in southern Kansas.
March 14, 2011
Kentucky Couple Charged with Lacey Act Crimes Based on the Illegal Harvest of Paddlefish from the Ohio River
Consol Energy to Pay $5.5 Million Penalty and Install Wastewater Treatment Plant to Settle Clean Water Act Violations
Steve T. Kinder, Cornelia Joyce Kinder, Kinder Caviar Inc. and Black Star Caviar Company were charged with trafficking in and falsely labeling illegally harvested paddlefish (Polydon spathula).
Consol Energy Inc., the largest producer of coal from underground mines in the United States, has agreed to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for Clean Water Act violations at six of its mines in West Virginia. In addition to the penalty, Consol will spend an estimated $200 million in pollution controls that will reduce discharges of harmful mining wastewater into Appalachian streams and rivers.
March 11, 2011
Honeywell Pleads Guilty in Illinois to Illegal Storage of Hazardous Waste
Honeywell International Inc. pleaded guilty today in federal district court in Benton, Ill., to one felony offense for knowingly storing hazardous waste without a permit in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
March 9, 2011
Alaska Seafood Processor to Pay $1.9 Million in Penalties to Settle State and Federal Environmental Claims
A Seattle-based seafood processing company, whose principal processing operations are conducted in Alaska, has agreed to pay $1.9 million in penalties and will pay for any necessary clean-up costs to settle allegations it violated federal and state laws when discharging ammonia and other waste from its facility on Amaknak Island in Unalaska, Alaska.
March 1, 2011
Massachusetts Antique Dealer Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison for Trafficking in Illegally-Imported Narwhal Tusks and Sperm Whale Teeth
David L. Place, owner of Manor House Antiques Cooperative in Nantucket, Mass., was sentenced to 33 months in prison for illegally importing and trafficking in Narwhal tusks and Sperm Whale teeth.
Arch Coal to Pay $4 Million to Settle Clean Water Act Violations in Appalachian Mining Operations
Under the settlement, Arch Coal will implement changes to its mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act.
February 28, 2011
Mississippi Companies to Pay $2 Million for Selling Thousands of Engines from China That Failed to Meet Clean Air Act Standards
Mississippi-based PowerTrain Inc., Wood Sales Inc., and Tool Mart Inc., (collectively known as “PowerTrain”) will jointly pay a civil penalty of $2 million to resolve claims that the company imported and sold almost 80,000 nonroad engines and equipment that were not covered by emissions-related certificates of conformity, and in most cases could not be certified because they exceeded emissions standards under the Clean Air Act.
February 24, 2011
Shreveport, LA Wastewater Manager and Supervisor Indicted By Grand Jury for Alleged Clean Water Act Violations
A wastewater treatment general manager and a shift supervisor were charged today for discharging untreated wastewater to the local Shreveport, La., publicly owned treatment works (POTW) in violation of their facility’s industrial user permit and for discharging untreated wastewater directly into the Red River without a permit, all in violation of the Clean Water Act.
February 23, 2011
Circus President and Former Employee Plead Guilty to Violating Endangered Species Act for Unlawful Purchase and Sale of Asian Elephants
John Pugh, Wilbur Davenport, and Cole Brothers Circus Inc., entered plea agreements yesterday in U.S. District Court in Beaumont, Texas to resolve Endangered Species Act (ESA) violations related to the purchase and sale of two Asian elephants named “Tina” and “Jewel.”
Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Violate the Clean Air Act’s Asbestos Work Practice Standards
John Bostick pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act’s asbestos work practice standards during the renovation of a 204-unit apartment building in Winnetka, Calif., in 2006.
Liberian Shipping Company Sentenced to Pay $2.4 Million for Falsifying Oil Record Book and Lying to Cover up Illegal Discharges of Waste
Cardiff Marine Inc, a Liberian-registered shipping company, was sentenced today in federal court in Baltimore after pleading guilty to a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
February 15, 2011
Construction Manager of Iowa Building Renovation Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes
The construction manager for a renovation project at the Equitable Building in Des Moines, Iowa, pleaded guilty today in federal court to conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act and for violating the Clean Air Act’s work practice standards related to asbestos removal.
February 10, 2011
Cement Manufacturer to Pay $1.4 Million and Install Emission Controls to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations at Ohio Plant
CEMEX Inc., one of the largest producers of Portland cement in the United States, will spend an estimated $2 million on pollution controls that will reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2), pollutants that can lead to childhood asthma, acid rain, smog and impaired visibility in national parks.
January 31, 2011
Food Processor to Pay $390,000 Penalty for Illegal Wastewater Discharges into Kansas-Oklahoma River
An Illinois food processing company has agreed to pay a $390,000 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that its Baxter Springs, Kan., processing facility overloaded the city’s wastewater treatment system with millions of gallons of industrial wastewater, at times causing pollution along a 22-mile-long section of the Spring River in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.
January 26, 2011
Nation’s Second Largest Refinery to Pay $700 Million to Upgrade Pollution Controls at U.S. Virgin Islands Facility
HOVENSA LLC, owner of the second largest petroleum refinery in the United States, has agreed to pay a $5.375 million civil penalty and spend more than $700 million in new pollution controls to resolve Clean Air Act violations at its St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, refinery.
January 13, 2011
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Assistant Attorney General Ignacia Moreno on 2011 Priorities for the Environment and Natural Resources Division
Today, I am here to discuss some notable accomplishments and my priorities for the Environment and Natural Resources Division for the coming year.
U.S. Announces Clean Air Act Settlement to Protect Public Health in Indiana
Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) has signed a settlement agreement in which it has agreed to invest approximately $600 million in pollution control technology to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act.
January 6, 2011
City of Evansville, Indiana, Agrees to Upgrade Sewer Systems to Comply with Clean Water Act
The city of Evansville, Ind., has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems that will significantly reduce the city’s longstanding sewage overflows into the Ohio River in a comprehensive Clean Water Act settlement with federal and state governments.