Enforcement results in commitments by regulated parties to implement new pollution controls
During the 2008 federal fiscal year ending on Sept. 30, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded civil and criminal enforcement actions amounting to $11.8 billion in commitments by regulated parties to implement new pollution controls, according to the agency’s recently released annual report on its environmental enforcement activities.
Specific achievements included EPA’s largest-ever settlement with a stationary source of air pollution, an agreement under which American Electric Power paid a $15 million penalty and will install pollution controls to reduce emissions from its coal-fired power plants by 1.6 billion lb annually.
EPA also reached a $250 million settlement with W.R. Grace for asbestos contamination in the mining town of Libby, Mont.— the largest ever cash payment made by a responsible party to reimburse the federal government for its costs in investigating and cleaning up a Superfund site.
The EPA enforcement accomplishments report is available online at: www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/reports/accomplishments/oeca/ fy08accomplishment.pdf.