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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) News

EPA settles with 2 plastic manufacturers after alleged violation of Clean Water Act

By Mark Iandolo | May 25, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced May 16 that Modern Concepts Inc. and Double R. Trading Inc., two plastic manufacturers in Southern California, will pay a total of $35,000 for allegations of violating the Clean Water Act.

MarkWest to pay $610,000 for alleged Clean Air Act violations

By Mark Iandolo | May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced April 24 that MarkWest Liberty Midstream Resources LLC and Ohio Gathering Company LLC (MarkWest) will pay $610,000 and perform three supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) after allegations of violating the Clean Air Act and the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act.

Hawaii company agrees to close large-capacity cesspool

By Mark Iandolo | May 15, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 3, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 28, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 27, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 21, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 19, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 20, 2018

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

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 24, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 12, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 11, 2018

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

By Marian Johns | Jan 8, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 28, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 28, 2017

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

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 19, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 8, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 21, 2017

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.

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