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Recent Environmental Noncompliance Headlines 

WASHINGTON—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.WASHINGTON—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.


 

Civil Enforcement Cases and Settlements from 1998

Criminal Enforcement Cases from 2006

List of federal EPA non-compliance headlines from 1998 to 2015

2005  Compliance information from EPA Newsroom

2004  Compliance information from EPA Newsroom

EPA Settles Oil Spill Prevention Law Violations with Four Maine Lobstering Facilities in Spruce Head (Boston, Mass. – Jan. 16, 2007) – Four lobstering facilities in Spruce Head, Maine have reached a settlement with EPA resolving violations of the federal Clean Water Act (SPCC plans).

Specifically, EPA alleged that the facilities did not have proper plans to prevent oil spills as required by the Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations and fined each facility $3,000. The facilities subject to EPA’s actions are Maine Coast Seafood, McLoon’s Wharf, LLC, Spruce Head Fisherman’s Co-op and William Atwood Lobster Co.

Yarn Company Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Charges. Dutton Yarn company, L.P., a yarn processing facility in Lowell, Mass., was ordered to pay a $300,000 fine. The company was charged with negligently discharging pollution in receiving water, which depleted oxygen levels harmed fish and aquatic life. 10/14/04

Men from Illinois and Missouri Charged in Arkansas Waste Case - On July 13, Wally El-Beck, of Springfield, Ill., and Moumen Kuziez of St. Louis, Mo., were charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock with mail fraud and wire fraud charges 07/27/2005

Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) with Bill Collins Oil Company, Inc. to Resolve Alleged Violations of Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) - Region 4  06/15/2005

U.S. REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH ALLTEL CORPORATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS 10/2/03

Portland Co. agrees to pay $48,000 penalty for oil spill violations 10/1/03

EPA Proposes Major Penalty Against R.I. Company for Hazardous Waste Violations 9/23/03

Company fined for failing to report on toxic chemicals methanol and diethanolamine under EPCRA  U.S. EPA, Norman Fox and Co. Settle Case for $29,707 4/25/03

OMG Apex, Inc. a Utah metal recycler agrees to pay $110,000,  as settlement with EPA for discharging approximately 44,000 gallons of hazardous waste wastewater containing high levels of chromium into two of its lined wastewater evaporation ponds over a four-day period last August. EPA, OMG Settle Hazardous Waste Case 4/22/03

EPA Cites Ventura Foods for Chemical Reporting Violations; Proposes $51,568 Fine  4/16/2003

U.S. REACHES LANDMARK SETTLEMENT WITH COLONIAL PIPELINE FOR OIL SPILLS IN FIVE STATES for $34 million civil penalty 4/1/03

GEORGIA MAN SENTENCED IN PLATING WASTE CASE 3/29/2002

Premcor to pay $6.25 million for violating five federal environmental statutes

$20 Million Penalty is Largest-Ever Civil Fine for Environmental Violations at One Factory (click for news release)

Plain N' Fancy Kitchens Settles EPA Complaint Alleging Toxic Chemical Reporting Violations 11/19/01

Parker Oil Co. Settles EPA Complaint Over Inadequate Oil Spill Precautions at Plant 11/6/01

Colonial Millwork Ltd. Settles Hazardous Waste Violations at Wood Products Plant 11/6/01

Dunwoody man ordered to pay $60,000 for chemical dumping 3/16/02

United States Secures Pleas To 10 Felony Counts In Underground Storage Tank Case 7/24/02

Georgia man convicted of violating state solid waste laws
11/14/2002

Three California men indicted for illegal handling of perchloroethylene  commonly called  PERCor PCE - DRY CLEANING WASTES 10/17/2002

EPA Cites Chicago Plating Company for Violating Hazardous Waste Storage Regulations 10/08/2002

DaimlerChrysler Agrees to $144,000 Fine, Resolves Hazardous Waste Violation Complaint 10/08/2002

The University of Hawaii paid $1.8 million in civil penalties for violating federal law by not managing laboratory waste properly  (fall of 2000) pdf file

EPA Settles with Safety-Kleen on Hazardous Waste Violations; Includes $945,018 Fine  9/25/2002

EPA Cites Sausser Steel for PCB Violations  9/23/2002

(09/11/2002) COLORADO PLATING COMPANY EXECUTIVE SENTENCED

(09/11/2002) W. VA. COAL COMPANY SUBSIDIARIES CHARGED WITH WATER VIOLATIONS

(08/13/2002) EPA Proposes Fine for Sandblasting Company over Lead Contamination at Fall River Dance Studio - BOSTON

EPA Settles with Crystal Cabinet on Hazardous Waste Violations News Release #02-OPA109, 8/29/2002

EPA Sends Notice of Potential Liability Letters to Downers Grove Businesses News Release #02-OPA098, 8/08/2002

(08/02/2002) EPA SETTLES PENDING ACTION AGAINST KERR-MCGEE CHEMICAL LLC IN HAMILTON, MS

(08/02/2002) Waterbury Company Settles Chemical Reporting Case With EPA - BOSTON

(08/01/2002) KANSAS COMPANY CO-OWNER, MANAGER SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS

EPA Reaches Agreement with Joyner's Die Casting & Plating on Hazardous Waste Violations News Release #02-OPA097, 7/31/2002

(07/30/2002) EPA SETTLES ACTION AGAINST OAKWOOD HOMES CORPORATION FOR ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF THE EMERGENCY PLANNING AND COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW ACT

(07/19/2002) U.S. EPA FILES $111,199 COMPLAINT AGAINST MANHATTAN COLLEGE FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS

EPA Cites Transtechnology Components for Hazardous Waste Export Violations News Release #02-OPA087, 7/16/2002

(06/14/2002) FLORIDA MAN, VIRGINIA REAL ESTATE FIRM PLEAD GUILTY

(11/9/01) SPRINT VOLUNTARILY AUDITS l,100 FACILITIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS - SPCC and EPCRA violations

U.S. REACHES CLEAN WATER AGREEMENT WITH AMTRAK -  to fix SPCC, storm water and pollution prevention problems

Other information links

National Business News - good links from the Iowa Waste Reduction Center with many enforcement articles

EPA releases the Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures 1999 data - the only comprehensive source of information on pollution abatement expenditures for US manufacturing, mining and electric utility industries in pdf file

U.S. Justice Department environmental news press room

(Photograph of sloppy and non-compliant used oil management.) Used oil drainage to underground storage tank (UST) must comply with the Used Oil standards and the UST requirements.

Parking lot stormwater runoff, if contaminated, may impact adjacent ditch.


Permit compliance

SEC - environmental services

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Link to Major Environmental Laws

Check out the new Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule

 

 

Fines can go up to $37,500 per violation per day.  Note: EPA has increased penalty to $37,500.

 

Fuel storage tank with no secondary containment

Oil sheen may be reportable

Fueling crane's storage tank.

Oil and fertilizer tanks.

Abandoned drums on trucking terminal

 

 

Recent guidance to one client under EPA's audit disclosure policy helped in getting EPA to waive an EPCRA Section 313 PBT toxic chemical reporting penalty of $192,000.

Links to sites

EPA Cases and Settlements

Enforcemnt Data & Results

policy and guidance search engine.

criminal enforcement

EPA's enforcement program

Compliance Incentives  & Auditing

 

Bulk Oil facility

Are your storage tanks meeting state and federal requirements?
 
 

Tote and containers stored with no containment.

click for additional page showing tanks with problems

 

Oil sheen discharge to storm sewer.

 

A drum of hazardous waste rags with several compliance issues

Oil spill reporting flow chart (click) (Remember to always check state and local rules for reporting.  Caution: If in doubt report!)

Tanks in containment area may look good in one angle, but a different angle shows a concern.

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