Coal Companies and Subsidiaries to Spend Estimated $200 Million on Treatment and System-wide Upgrades to Reduce Water Pollution
March 5, 2014
$27.5 Million Civil Penalty Is Largest in History Under Section 402 of the Clean Water Act - Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (Alpha), one of the nation’s largest coal companies, Alpha Appalachian Holdings (formerly Massey Energy), and 66 subsidiaries have agreed to spend an estimated $200 million to install and operate wastewater treatment systems and to implement comprehensive, system-wide upgrades to reduce discharges of pollution from coal mines in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. Overall, the settlement covers approximately 79 active mines and 25 processing plants in these five states.
Singapore Shipping Company, Crew Member, Plead Guilty to Illegally Discharging Oily Waste
March 4, 2014
Singapore-based ODFJELL ASIA II PTE LTD (ODFJELL) and one of its senior crew members pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Hartford, Conn., for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), announced Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division Robert G. Dreher, United States Attorney Deirdre M. Daly and Rear Admiral Daniel B. Abel, Commander of the First Coast Guard District in Boston.
National Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking and Interpol Officials to Mark World Wildlife Day
February 27, 2014
On Monday, March 3, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. EST, at an event marking World Wildlife Day, INTERPOL’s Environmental Security Sub-directorate will present an executive summary of two strategic law enforcement reports on wildlife crime: Assessment of Enforcement Responses to Tiger Crime and Elephant Poaching and Ivory in East Africa: Assessment for an Effective Law Enforcement Response. In addition, representatives of the national wildlife trafficking task force will discuss efforts to eradicate the illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction.
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