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Hawaii company agrees to close large-capacity cesspool

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced May 8 that N.F. Kawakami Store Ltd. (NFK), the property owner of the Koloa Big Save Supermarket in Hawaii, will settle allegations of failing to close a large-capacity cesspool on the premises.

Justice Department, EPA settle with energy company that allegedly violated Clean Air Act at reservation

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 26 that XTO Energy Inc., a company based in Houston, will settle allegations of violating the Clean Air Act at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Justice Department, EPA secure $20 million from companies involved with Bunker Hill Mine

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 12 that the owner of the Bunker Hill Mine, Placer Mining Company Inc. (Placer Mining), has agreed to settle allegations relating to its cleanup liability in Idaho’s northern panhandle.

Dole to pay $145,000 to EPA after not removing cesspools in Hawaii

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 20 that Dole Food Co. Inc., a producer of fruits and vegetables, will pay $145,000 and replace two large-capacity cesspools (LCC) with state-approved septic systems at its Puuiki Beach Park property on the island of Oahu.

EPA fines Terminix $168,000 for alleged misuse of pesticides in Hawaii

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 19 that it has fined Terminix International Co. $168,535 because of allegations the company misused three different restricted-use fumigant pesticides, at four separate locations on the Hawaiian island Kauai.

California attorney general comments on decision to allow state to intervene in chlorpyrifos case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 6 that he has issued a statement following a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to allow California to intervene in a federal lawsuit involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

EPA secures settlement over manganese emissions along Pennsylvania-Ohio border

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 7 that S.H. Bell Co. must monitor and take measures to reduce manganese emissions from its 92-acre raw products storage and handling facility along border of Pennsylvania and Ohio in Ohioville, Pennsylvania. and East Liverpool, Ohio.

California challenges EPA, Army Corp of Engineers over Clean Water Rule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Feb. 6 that California will join a coalition of 11 states in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) over their decision to suspend the Clean Water Rule, which was enacted in 2015 under the Obama administration.

Shell to install $10 million In pollution monitoring equipment to settle U.S. charges

NORCO, Louisiana — Shell Chemical Company LP has agreed to install $10 million worth of pollution monitoring and control equipment at its Louisiana Norco Chemical facility as part of a settlement for the company allegedly violating the Clean Air Act and state laws.

California leads coalition in defending the Clean Power Plan from potential dismantling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Jan. 9 that he is leading a coalition of 19 states and municipalities in defending the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The coalition drafted a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about proposed rulemaking to dismantle the CPP.

EPA: StarKist Co. to pay $6.5 million after alleged Clean Water Act violations in Samoa

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 26 that StarKist Co. and its subsidiary, Starkist Samoa Co., have agreed to pay $6.5 million after allegations of violating stormwater rules of the Clean Water Act at a tuna processing plant in American Samoa.

EPA, Louisiana reach Clean Air Act settlement with Orion Engineered Carbons

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 22 that, along with the state of Louisiana, it reached a Clean Air Act settlement with Orion Engineered Carbons LLC worth more than $101.3 million.

Rhode Island attorney general joins lawsuit against EPA for protection against downwind pollution

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has joined seven other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), seeking to force the agency to protect upwind states from downwind state's pollution, in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

New York attorney general leads coalition urging House to reject EPA budget cuts

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Dec. 21 that he is leading a coalition of 12 states and the District of Columbia in urging the U.S. House of Representatives to reject budget cuts for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

U.S., Pennsylvania reach agreement with company that allegedly violated Clean Air Act

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 20 that ArcelorMittal Monessen LLC (AMM) will settle allegations of violating the Clean Air Act with a payment of $1.5 million divided equally between the U.S. and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. AMM will also implement air pollution controls worth roughly $2 million.

Groups claim EPA Administrator Pruitt failed to meet deadline regarding ozone standards

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Several groups have filed suit against the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that a deadline to name areas that are in compliant or not regarding ozone standards has passed.

EPA: D.C. Circuit Court extends deadline for farmers to comply with CERCLA, EPCRA provisions

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 22 that the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the deadline for farmers to comply with two statutes—the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

EPA: Boston sand, gravel company to pay $120,000 after alleged Clean Air Act violations

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 3 that sand and gravel company Kimball Sand will pay $120,000 and reduce hazardous air pollution emissions after a recent settlement.

EPA: Seattle seafood company agrees to replace ozone-depleting refrigerants

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 16 that U.S. Seafoods of Seattle has agreed to pay $135,000, implement enhanced leak detection practices and replace freezer equipment after allegations the company violated the Clean Air Act after two fish processing vessels released ozone-depleting substances into the air.

ExxonMobil to spend $300 million to install pollution control systems at Texas, Louisiana facilities

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) announced Oct. 31 that Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to spend roughly $300 million to install air pollution control technology at eight petrochemical facilities in Texas and Louisiana.