Enforcement


AWWA Releases Response to New Lead Reduction Act

After a shareholder meeting with the EPA, AWWA releases 10 suggestions on how to best implement a new lead reduction act.

Sinclair Oil to Pay $3.8 Million Penalty and Install Pollution Controls at Wyoming Refineries

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have announced a settlement with two subsidiaries of Sinclair Oil Corporation to resolve alleged violations of air pollution limits established in a 2008 consent decree at refineries in Casper and Sinclair, Wyo.

Michigan Town Supervisor Sentenced to Three Years in Prison For Conspiring to Defraud HUD

William Morgan, the former supervisor of Royal Oak Township, a suburb of Detroit, was sentenced in federal court to three years in prison. Mr. Morgan had previously entered a guilty plea to charges that he conspired to defraud the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), violate the Clean Air Act’s asbestos requirements, and commit bribery.

Officials Discuss Hudson River Cleanup Project

Several politicians and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency met up on the shore of the Hudson River to discuss the progress of the federal Superfund cleanup on the Hudson River and the efforts to restore properties along its shorelines.

QEP Field Services Will Pay $4 Million and Install Pollution Controls After Violating Clean Air Act

QEP Services, a Colorado-based natural gas services company, has reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice to resolve Clean Air Act violations at five natural gas compressor stations on the Uinitah and Ouray reservations in Northeastern Utah.

EPA Seeks Project Proposals to Reduce Marine Debris

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking project proposals to reduce land-based trash at the source, thus preventing trash from entering coastal runoff and becoming marine debris.

Columbia Sportswear Company Properly Labels Pesticide Treated Clothing for Domestic Sale

Columbia Sportswear Company, headquartered in Portland, Ore., sold and distributed mislabeled pesticide-treated clothing in violation of federal pesticide rules, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

First Criminal Charges Filed in BP Oil Spill

Kurt Mix, a former engineer for BP plc, was arrested today on charges of intentionally destroying evidence requested by federal criminal authorities investigating the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon disaster, announced Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of the Eastern District of Louisiana and Kevin Perkins, Acting Executive Assistant Director for the FBI’s Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.



EPA Orders AVX Corp. to Clean Up New Bedford Harbor

EPA has issued an enforcement order to AVX Corp. to implement the ongoing cleanup work at New Bedford Harbor, including dredging PCB-contaminated sediment from the Harbor and disposing the dredged sediment to an appropriately licensed off-site facility, into a confined aquatic disposal cell in the Harbor, and into confined disposal facilities to be built along the shoreline.

Landfills Make Air Pollution Too

San Joaquin Valley landfill to spend $3.8 million to resolve Clean Air Act violations

EPA and LA Water Board Set Strict New Pollution Reduction Plans for 175 Waterways in Los Angeles Area

Action Culminates 13 Year Effort, Eliminating Beach Closures, Reducing Trash and Toxic Chemicals in Waters

Federal Officials Announce Nationwide Crackdown on Black Market Rhino Trade

The Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior recently announced the arrest of seven people charged with trafficking endangered black rhinoceros horns.

Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Dumping in Upstate New York

Julius DeSimone defrauded the United States and violated Clean Water Act.

Industry Progressing in Voluntary Effort to Reduce Toxic Chemicals

Companies have successfully developed more than150 alternatives to long-chain perfluorinated chemicals.

Plastics Theft Task Force Arrests Thieves With More than $250K of Stolen Pallets

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Industrial Plastics Theft Task Force pulled off a major pre-Christmas arrest at a South Los Angeles plastic recycler.

Pennsylvania Sewer Authority Penalized for Safety Violations

The Sewer Authority of the City of Scranton will pay a $12,619 penalty and complete a $30,000 tree planting project under a settlement with EPA.

Concrete Supplier Agrees to Pay $740,000 Penalty to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations in Five States

Lafarge North America Inc., one of the largest suppliers of construction materials in the United States and Canada, and four of its U.S. subsidiaries have agreed to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations.

California Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Storing Toxic, Explosive Hazardous Waste in Backyard

The sentence is the longest handed down by a California federal judge in a hazardous waste case.

Indiana Waste Treatment Company 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 with conspiracy and felony violations of the Clean Water Act in a seven-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury.

Buffalo, N.Y., Developer Indicted for Illegally Filling More Than 90 Acres of Wetlands

A New York developer and his companies were indicted today on federal charges that they conspired to illegally fill jurisdictional wetlands.