McWane Inc. has agreed to pay a $4 million penalty to resolve more than 400 federal and state environmental law violations at 28 manufacturing facilities across 14 states, reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Justice Department, and the states of Alabama and Iowa. The settlement also requires the cast iron pipe manufacturer to perform $9.1 million worth of environmental projects to reduce pollution in surrounding areas of its plants.
The $4 million civil penalty will be divided among the United States, Alabama and Iowa.
The environmental projects target storm water contamination at numerous locations, air quality improvements in Coshocton, Ohio; mercury emissions reductions in Provo, Utah and Tyler, Texas as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions reductions in Bedford, Ind. and Anniston, Ala. These projects are expected to result in the reduction of more than four million pounds of pollutants annually.
The company is required to reduce particulate matter by 70 tons/year, VOCs by 60 tons/year and mercury by 0.7 tons/year as well as stormwater pollutants by about 1900 tons/year. It must also dispose of nearly 25 tons of waste (used oil, aerosol cans and PCBs) per year.
McWane has already spent more than $7.6 million in corrective actions to resolve violations.
McWane also is required to implement a corporate-wide environmental management system (EMS), which has been completed, to promote environmental compliance, prevent pollution and improve overall environmental performance.
McWane also has modified its corporate-wide stormwater pollution prevention plan and will develop or upgrade facility-specific plans as part of the agreement.
The settlement resolves civil violations over the past decade of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as alleged by the United States, Alabama, and Iowa in the complaint.
In the past, multiple McWane divisions and facilities have been involved in five federal prosecutions, resulting in more than $25 million in criminal fines and penalties and approximately $5 million for environmental projects. Company executives have been sentenced to prison terms or placed on probation.