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April 21, 2021

Rockwater Northeast LLC and its parent company Select Energy Services, Inc. will collectively pay a $4.3 million in criminal fines and penalties for violations of the Clean Air Act through tampering with the emissions systems on heavy-duty diesel trucks owned by the companies and installing “defeat devices” that disabled emissions diagnostic systems on the trucks.  The company’s parent company entered into a non-prosecution agreement that included the implementation of a compliance program and cooperation with ongoing investigations.  Six individuals, including former employees of Rockwater, have been prosecuted in connection with the investigation.  USAO MDPA

April 13, 2021

ExxonMobil Oil Corporation agreed to pay penalties of $1.5 million to the federal government and State of Illinois and undertake $10 million in specified physical and operational changes at its petroleum refinery in Joliet to reduce air emissions and resolve claims that the company violated the Clean Air Act and a 2005 Consent Decree applicable to the facility.  EPA

Top Ten Environmental Fraud Settlements for 2020

Posted  03/12/21
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In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic uprooted our routines and put life on pause in 2020. But environmental fraud continued unabated, and so did enforcement actions against the perpetrators. We saw two major enforcement actions relating to devices designed to evade emissions requirements, several enforcement actions relating to water contamination and the knowing sale of products containing harmful pollutants, and...

March 9, 2021

Aftermarket automotive parts seller Premier Performance, together with related companies JB Automotive, RallySportDirect, and Stage 3 Motorsports, will pay a $3 million penalty under the Clean Air Act to resolve allegations that they illegally sold emissions-control defeat devices to businesses and individuals throughout the U.S. EPA

The False Claims Act: It Benefits More than Just the Government

Posted  03/5/21
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The False Claims Act, a Civil War-era law, encourages private individuals, such as whistleblowers, to come forward and file suit against unscrupulous government contractors, and share in the government's recovery. The passage of the law was inspired by contractors selling the Union Army bags of sand as flour, lame mules as cavalry horses, and glued-together rags as uniforms. The main purpose of the law is, of...

Catches of the Week: Contractors Abroad Face Liability for Fraud in U.S. Government Contracts

Posted  02/19/21
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This week, we double up on the Catch of the Week, and highlight two actions involving foreign contractors doing business with the U.S. Navy.

French Concrete Contractor Pays $14.5 Million to Resolve Claims of Delivering Substandard Concrete for U.S. Navy Bases in Africa

In the first case, Colas Djibouti, a subsidiary of French contractor Colas, agreed to pay $12.5m to the U.S. government to settle criminal charges,...

February 18, 2021

The owner of the vessel Kota Harum, Pacific International Lines (Private) Limited, and employees Maung Maung Soe and Peng Luo Hai, pleaded guilty to charges under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and Clean Water Act related to the vessel's unlawful discharge of oily bilge water into Apra Harbor, Guam, and the failure to maintain complete and truthful oil record books.  The company will pay a $3 million criminal penalty and defendants are on probation.  DOJ

February 9, 2021

American Zinc Recycling Corp. agreed to pay penalties of $3.3 million to the federal government and State of Pennsylvania and undertake $4.3 million in specified physical and operational changes at its Palmerton recycling facility to reduce lead dust exposure and resolve claims that the company violated a 1995 Consent Decree applicable to the facility, as well as its operating permit and environmental laws including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Emergency Preparedness and Community Right-to-Know Act. EPA

February 3, 2021

In a settlement valued at $4.1 million, Schnitzer Steel Industries will pay penalties and costs, undertake supplemental environmental projects, and make significant improvements to its processes to resolve claims that it violated environmental laws at its Oakland, California metal shredding and recycling facility, including through the release of particulate matter contaminated with hazardous metals such as lead, cadmium, and zinc.  CA

January 29, 2021

Medical waste processing company Stericycle Inc. will pay $600,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act and state regulations at its medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake, Utah, by operating the facility in a manner that generated nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions that exceeded regulatory limits, as well as failing to properly conduct stack tests and comply with reporting requirements.  In addition to the civil monetary penalty, Stericycle will undertake a Supplemental Environmental Project and spend at least $2 million to purchase 20 low-emitting school buses for a local school district. DOJ
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