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World’s Largest Metal Recycler Ordered to Stop Discharges

The world’s largest metals and electronics recycler, Sims Metal Management, has been illegally discharging PCBs, mercury, lead, copper and zinc into San Francisco Bay, the EPA charged on Tuesday. The EPA ordered Sims, located at the Port of Redwood City, Calif., to comply with federal Clean Water Act laws. It … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Clean Water, Clean Air Act, Cross-State Air Pollution

Federal prosecutors said BP broke pledges to improve operations after Alaska’s North Slope pipeline spill five years ago, and are seeking to revoke the criminal probation imposed in a 2007 settlement agreement, Reuters said. In 2007, BP pleaded guilty to a Clean Water Act charge stemming from its 2006 spill … Read more »

Environmental Enforcement: TVA Shuts Coal Units After $3bn-$5bn Settlement

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will spend $3 billion to $5 billion on pollution controls after reaching a settlement yesterday with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), over alleged Clean Air Act Violations at all 11 of its coal-fired plants. TVA will also invest $350 million on clean energy projects designed … Read more »

Environmental Enforcement Round Up: Preferred Freezer, Permanent Siding, Mojave Pyrotechnics

Here’s a roundup of the latest environmental enforcement stories. Preferred Freezer Services, a refrigerated warehouse company, has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a case brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for alleged Clean Air Act violations at three cold-storage facilities in Massachusetts. According to a recent settlement, Preferred … Read more »

Environmental Enforcement Roundup: AZZ, Hartley Farms, H. Krevit

Here’s a roundup of the latest environmental enforcement stories. Oregon-based farm and trucking company Hartley Farms and Valley Trucking has agreed to pay a $34,000 penalty for spilling diesel fuel at the Hartley Farms property near Nyssa, Oregon in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. On February 23, 2010, … Read more »

Environmental Enforcement: Cement Maker to Pay $1.4 Million Penalty

Cemex, Inc., one of the largest cement producers in the United States, has agreed to pay a $1.4 million penalty for Clean Air Act violations at its cement plant in Fairborn, Ohio, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday. In addition to the penalty, … Read more »

DHL to Pay $80,000 Stormwater Fine

DHL Express has agreed to pay an $80,000 penalty over charges of contaminated stormwater discharge at its former hub in Wilmington, Ohio. The courier company will pay the fine (pdf) to resolve violations associated with its Wilmington airport, which served as a hub for its cargo handling, air transportation services … Read more »

Food Processor Fined $390,000 for Industrial Wastewater ‘Overload’

A maker of salads and other refrigerated foods has agreed to pay a $390,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that its Kansas processing plant overloaded the city’s wastewater treatment system with millions of gallons of untreated industrial wastewater. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the releases from the … Read more »

Environmental Enforcement: Two New England Shipyards Settle EPA Claims

Environmental Enforcement: Two New England Shipyards Settle EPA Claims

Two New England shipyards have agreed to pay penalties to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that they violated federal environmental laws. Rose’s Oil Service, a shipyard and fuel oil distributor in Gloucester, Mass., was cited for violations of federal water and oil pollution prevention laws.  The company … Read more »

Environmental Enforcement Roundup: 2010 Enforcement and Compliance Results; Beazer Settlement; X-Ray Manufacturer Fined

   EPA Announces 2010 Enforcement and Compliance Results The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday the release of its annual enforcement and compliance results. In fiscal year 2010, EPA took enforcement and compliance actions that require polluters to pay more than $110 million in civil penalties and commit to spend … Read more »

DOE Steps Up Energy Efficiency Enforcement

As part of what it calls “it’s commitment to rigorous enforcement,” the U.S. Department of Energy is fining 27 companies over $3.5 million for selling products without certifying that they meet energy and water efficiency standards, DOE announced Monday. The companies, which include manufacturers, importers and resellers of appliances and … Read more »

CF to Spend $12M to Manage Haz Wastes at Florida Fertilizer Plant

CF Industries will spend approximately $12 million to reduce and manage hazardous wastes generated at its Plant City, Fla. phosphoric acid and ammoniated fertilizer manufacturing facility. Under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department to resolve violations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery … Read more »