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1999-2001 Enforcement Actions under Title VI of the Clean Air Act

Past Enforcement Cases

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September 27, 2001: EPA Fines Manufacturer of Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Equipment $20,000 (PDF, 12K, about PDF)
Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Ritchie Engineering Co. Inc. on alleged violations of Federal Clean Air Act regulations at the company's plant in Garrett, Ind. A $20,000 penalty was assessed. The agreement resolves an administrative complaint filed in September 2000 alleging that Ritchie made and distributed its model R60 refrigerant recovery unit without proper labeling. The company also failed to comply with an EPA administrative order issued Jan. 13, 2000, telling it to comply with labeling requirements.
July 30, 2001: 5 Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Scheme to Illegally Import Ozone-Depleting Substances into the U.S.
A federal grand jury in New Haven, Conn. returned an indictment charging five men for allegedly engaging in a scheme to trade in CFCs. The men are charged with several felonies related to the importation and sale of hundreds of tons of CFCs from 1995 to 1998, including conspiracy to make false statements to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Customs Service; conspiracy to defraud the IRS; filing false tax returns; money laundering; and conspiracy to obstruct a federal grand jury.
June 21, 2001: Air Liquide Agrees to Settlement with U.S. Resolving Environmental Violations in 18 States
In a groundbreaking Clean Air Act settlement, Air Liquide agreed to replace ozone-depleting refrigerants with environmentally friendly alternatives in 22 different facilities across the U.S.
September 11, 2000: Meyer's Bakery Agrees to Settlement with U.S. Resolving Environmental Violations
The United States has reached an agreement with Meyer's Bakery, headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., to settle outstanding claims for violations of the Clean Air Act regarding the protection of the stratospheric ozone for $3.5 million in penalties.
May 18, 2000: Colorado Man Sentenced for CFC Smuggling
On May 12, Kenneth L. McManus of Denver, Colo., was sentenced to nine months in prison and three years of supervised release for violating the Clean Air Act. McManus, who formerly operated an air conditioning business in Denver, previously admitted that he imported over one ton of R-12 refrigerant into the United States without the required import allowances.
March 3, 2000: EPA Cites Two Detroit Metal Recyclers for Clean-Air Violations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently cited two Detroit metal recyclers for alleged violations of Federal clean-air regulations at their scrap yards. They are R&F Metals Co., Inc., 9101 West Fort St., and Consumers Recycling, Inc., 7777 West Chicago Ave. EPA said the companies improperly disposed of appliances containing ozone-depleting refrigerants. In July 1999, EPA inspectors observed both companies disposing of appliances without verifying that the appliances no longer contained ozone-depleting refrigerants.
EPA Sets Enforcement Records in 1999
EPA announced record enforcement actions and penalties for Fiscal Year 1999, including $3.6 billion for environmental cleanup, pollution control equipment, and improved monitoring, an 80 percent increase over 1998; $166.7 million in civil penalties, 60 percent higher than 1998; and 3,935 civil judicial and administrative actions, the highest in the last three years. Criminal defendants were sentenced to a record 208 years of prison time for committing environmental crimes.
December 2, 1999: EPA Region 4 Files Record Number of CFC Enforcement Actions
EPA Region 4 has successfully implemented the Agency's strategy to strengthen enforcement of federal CFC regulations. From Oct. 1, 1998, to Sept. 31, 1999, 96 parties were named in enforcement actions, a major increase compared to a total of 9 CFC-related actions filed in the region during fiscal year 1998. Under this strategy, Region 4 has filed more enforcement actions than any other EPA region in the country.
November 17, 1999: EPA Actions Against Businesses in Region 9
EPA today announced enforcement actions against a fast-food restaurant chain in California, a residential air conditioning service company in Arizona, a motor vehicle air conditioning service shop in Hawaii, and a recycling/disposal business in Hawaii for Clean Air Act regulations regarding handling and disposal of stratospheric ozone-depleting chemicals.
November 9, 1999: EPA Reaches Agreement with Cohen; Lifts 'Cease and Desist' Order
EPA Region 5 has recently reached an agreement with Cohen International Scrap Processors (990 West 5th St., Cincinnati, OH) that lifts an EPA "cease and desist" order issued in April 1998 telling the company to stop accepting and processing appliances containing refrigerants.
November 1, 1999: St. Louis Firm Cited by EPA for Violations of the Clean Air Act
EPA Region 7, Kansas City, Kansas, announces filing an administrative complaint with a proposed penalty of $3,796 against Challenge Enterprises, Inc., 3237 N. Broadway, St. Louis, MO. The complaint is for several violations of the Clean Air Act related to servicing motor vehicle air conditioning (MVAC) systems and refrigerated transport systems.
October 12, 1999: EPA Tells 12 Wisconsin Auto Businesses to Comply With Clean Air Act
EPA Region 5 has recently ordered 12 Wisconsin auto businesses to comply with Federal regulations designed to protect the stratospheric, or "good," ozone layer from the harmful effects of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants.
August 11, 1999: Thirty-six Companies in the Southeast Cited in EPA Enforcement Initiative Under the Federal Clean Air Act
EPA has taken enforcement action against 36 companies in the Southeast as part of the Agency's Chlorofluorocarbons Motor Vehicle Air Conditioner (CFC MVAC) enforcement initiative under the Federal Clean Air Act. Twenty-five of the companies received Administrative Orders (AOs) and eleven received Administrative Penalty Orders (APOs).
July 21, 1999: EPA Reaches Agreement With ICOR International; Includes $25,000 Fine
EPA's Region 5 has reached agreement with ICOR International, Inc. (2351 Kentucky Ave., Indianapolis, Ind.), on alleged violations of stratospheric ozone regulations. A $25,000 penalty was assessed.
June 30, 1999: EPA, General Iron Reach Agreement to Stop Refrigerant Releases
EPA Region 5 has recently reached an agreement with General Iron Industries, Inc., that requires the company to stop all releases of refrigerants at the company's scrap-processing yard, 1909 North Clifton Ave., Chicago.
June 24, 1999: Texas Man Arrested for Smuggling Freon into U.S.;
Arrest Underscores Federal Crackdown on Black Market in Ozone-Depleting Chemicals
As part of an ongoing federal initiative to crack down on trafficking in chemicals that destroy the Earth's ozone layer, federal agents in San Antonio late last night arrested Richard Schmolke on charges that he smuggled CFC-12 into the United States in violation of the Clean Air Act and federal Customs law.
June 4, 1999: EPA Cites Barron and Forest Green Metals
EPA Region 5 has recently cited Don M. Barron Contractor, Inc., 408 Cedar St., Farmerville, La., and Forest Green Metals and Recycling, 11298 Sebring Dr., Forest Park, Ohio, for alleged violations of Federal regulations to protect stratospheric ozone.
May 4, 1999: EPA Issues Compliance Orders to Iowa, Missouri Shops
EPA Region 7 announces issuing Compliance Orders to 30 auto repair shops which have violated EPA regulations related to repair or maintenance of motor vehicle air conditioning systems.
March 31, 1999: U.S. EPA, American Water Heater Co. Settle Case
American Water Heater Co. of Reno has been fined $107,981 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly failing to file reports estimating its releases of toxic chemical compounds, a violation of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
March 31, 1999: EPA Reaches Agreement with Industrial Scrap Facility
EPA Region 5 has recently reached agreement with Cohen Industrial Scrap Processors on alleged clean-air violations at the company's scrap processing facility, 990 West 5th St., Cincinnati, Ohio. An $84,200 penalty was assessed.

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