GREENVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — The federal government is suing Honeywell, alleging it discharged contaminated water in North Carolina.
The United States of America filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against Honeywell International Inc and International Paper Co., alleging failure to pay and improper handling of hazardous waste.
According to the complaint, in June 2004 Honeywell initiated an engineering evaluation under an Environmental and Protection Agency (EPA) order and collected samples of air, surface water, groundwater, sediment, soil and biota from the LCP-Holtrachem Superfund site near the Cape Fear River in Columbus County, North Carolina.
Honeywell submitted the draft, the suit says, and in September 2009, the EPA converted the project from an engineering evaluation to a remedial investigation. The defendant allegedly discharged contaminated wastewater through its pipes from a facility to a holding lagoon on International Paper property. The discharge of these substances poses a danger to soil and groundwater.
The U.S. government seeks all unreimbursed response costs, injunctive relief, all actions required to abate health damages, and all other appropriate relief. It is represented by attorneys Jeffrey Bossert Clark, Patricia L. Hurst of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C., and by Neal I Fowler of the Office of the U.S. Attorney in Raleigh.