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EPA Region 5 Enforcement Results in Over 300 Million Pounds of Pollution Reduced, Treated or Eliminated

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reported the annual results of its compliance and enforcement efforts for the 2011 fiscal year.  According to EPA, its “enforcement achieved an estimated:

  • $19 billion invested to improve environmental performance, a record year,
  • $3 billion (included in the $19 billion) to clean up hazardous waste in communities and ensure that the polluter pays, a record year,
  • $168 million assessed penalties to deter pollution: (Includes $16 million in State penalties from joint Federal enforcement action),
  • $25 million in additional investments for supplemental environmental projects that benefit communities,
  • 3.6 billion pounds of hazardous waste treated, minimized, or properly disposed of,
  • 1.8 billion pounds of pollution reduced, treated or eliminated, and
  • 89.5 years of incarceration for environmental criminals.”

EPA also reported regional results.  In Region 5 (encompassing Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin), EPA initiated 357 enforcement cases and concluded 344 cases, which resulted in:

  • 311,305,460 pounds of pollution reduced, treated or eliminated,
  • 25,184,000 pounds of hazardous waste treated, minimized, or properly disposed of, and
  • 72,169,914 cubic pounds of contaminated soil and water to be cleaned up.

One of EPA’s regional “highlights” was a RCRA enforcement action against Honeywell International Inc., which “was sentenced in March 2011 to pay a criminal fine of $11.8 million for knowingly storing hazardous waste without a permit.”

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