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Polluter and Environmental Criminals - 2008 Enforcement of EPA Regulations and Laws - Envforcement Actions, Criminal and Civil casess

Polluters (and Other Violators) of the Week - 2009
(More like bi-weekly, actually)

*True cases of environmental criminals and other violators of environmental laws, regulations and statutes from real court cases

The EPA and its federal, state and local law enforcement partners investigate and prosecute significant and egregious violations of environmental laws. These investigations involve, but are not limited to, the illegal disposal of hazardous waste; the illegal discharge of pollutants to a water of the United States; the illegal importation of certain restricted or regulated chemicals into the United States; tampering with a drinking water supply; mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering relating to environmental criminal activities.

People often ask us, "It seems like companies get away with polluting all the time, just look at Exxon and the Valdez!" While it may be true that some companies treat the environment, your community's well-being and your health like a doormat and act as though their crimes are nothing more than a public relations expense; individuals and companies are being caught all the time. And the penalties are severe! Follow Detective Joe Friday and read on to learn about the appalling gall of these jerks and their crimes.

It is EHSO's opinion that our society's obsession with money and instant wealth, combined with a generally apathetic public, and politicians more concerned with polls than pollution is leading to an increase in pollution and deliberate polluters. If you suspect a persistent polluter in your area, email us (or click here to use the EPA's report a violator form) for instructions to assist the EPA in catching him! To search a company's compliance history, click here!

Disclaimer: The following news stories are all taken verbatim from EPA releases, so don't even think of trying to sue us if you or your firm's name is here! We will WELCOME the publicity! Will your company?

See the news about the SEC indictment of Waste Management former senior officers - Dean Buntrock and Phil Rooney and others! These guys were doing "Enron" long before you ever heard of Enron!

Don't know which EPA Region You are in? Click here for the map of EPA regions - it will pop up in a new window which you can print or close.

Pollution Cases in 2009

December 2009

12/28/2009 - EPA and University of Florida sign consent agreement settling hazardous waste violations

12/23/2009 - EPA releases annual enforcement results and mapping tool

12/22/2009 - Duke Energy to spend $93 million to resolve Clean Air Act violations

12/21/2009 - Southwest Missouri pet supply dealer to pay $56,632 penalty for re-labeling, selling misbranded cattle and hog insecticide

12/14/2009 - EPA fines Pacific island utility for failing to submit facility oil spill response plan

12/10/2009 - EPA reaches agreement with Dow Agrosciences on clean-air violations

12/10/2009 - Largest environmental bankruptcy in U.S. history will result in payment of $1.79 billion towards environmental cleanup and restoration

12/09/2009 - EPA fines Puerto Rico Air National Guard for improperly managing underground petroleum storage tanks

12/01/2009 - EPA cites equipment company for damages to a Colorado river

12/01/2009 - EPA reaches agreement with Ohio woodworking company on clean-air violations

November 2009

11/30/2009 - Nevada apartment complex owner pays fine for failing to warn tenants about lead paint in Springfileld, Mass.

11/25/2009 - Verizon Wireless voluntarily discloses environmental violations

11/23/2009 - Clean Air Act violators on Northwest Indian reservations face EPA fines

11/18/2009 - Three Northwest companies fined for violating federal pesticide laws

11/17/2009 - Iowa feedlot agrees to pay $25,000 penalty for alleged waste discharges into a river

11/16/2009 - St. Louis landlord to pay penalty, perform lead paint removal for failure to Inform residents, homeowners of lead hazards

11/09/2009 - Georgia homebuilders agree to Clean Water Act settlement and will pay $350,000 penalty and upgrade environmental programs

11/03/2009 - Alaska fish processing plant faces a possible $177,500 fine for discharging fish waste without a permit

11/02/2009 - EPA takes action against San Francisco "Muni" following 2005 SF bay oil spill

11/02/2009 - Oregon ranch owners ordered to complete hazardous waste cleanup

October 2009

10/29/2009 - Arizona developer pays $182,519 to settle Clean Air Act violations

10/28/2009 - EPA reaches agreement with Sunoco on clean-air violations

10/26/2009 - Connecticut chemical company fined for clean air violations

10/26/2009 - Developers face potential $125,000 fine for storm water violations at Idaho construction site

10/21/2009 - Claims about keyboards result in $205,000 penalty for Samsung

10/21/2009 - County water district in Washington agrees to install filtration system, clean up mine adit and pay penalty to settle EPA complaint

10/21/2009 - Panamanian company will pay $1.25 million for vessel pollution crimes

10/20/2009 - Southeast facilities ordered to comply with Clean Water Act; penalties total more than $230,000

10/19/2009 - BASF Corporation agrees to Clean Air Act ugrades to protect stratospheric ozone

10/15/2009 - EPA issues $65,000 complaint to Idaho Transportation Department and its contractor for federal storm water violations in Idaho town

10/14/2009 - Utah man sentenced to 20 years in prison for environmental, other crimes

10/13/2009 - EPA fines California company nearly $194,000 for toxic chemical release violations

10/13/2009 - San Francisco airport, Chevron, EPA agree to $1M in environmental improvements at International Airport

10/05/2009 - Shell Guam fined for not providing required toxic chemical information

10/05/2009 - Sulfuric acid manufacturer agrees to spend $30 million to resolve clean air violations

10/02/2009 - EPA announces settlement with Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture for pesticide misuse and worker protection standard violations

10/02/2009 - EPA finds PCB-containing equipment for sale without proper identification on eBay

10/01/2009 - EPA files administrative enforcement action against Wyoming petroleum facility

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Interesting Reads:

THE PREPPER'S CANNING & PRESERVING BIBLE: [13 in 1] Your Path to Food Self-Sufficiency. Canning, Dehydrating, Fermenting, Pickling & More, Plus The Food Preservation Calendar for a Sustainable Pantry

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! Paperback

The Citizens' Guide to Geologic Hazards: A Guide to Understanding Geologic Hazards Including Asbestos, Radon, Swelling Soils, Earthquakes, Volcanoes

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Book: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Paperback

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