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The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the Deepwater Horizon National Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (the Trustees), has made available a statement (20 April 2015) announcing that the Trustees and oil company BP have "identified approximately [US]$134 million in proposed early restoration projects" in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig incident that resulted in a large-scale oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Trustees, the proposed projects would be funded by BP and would "benefit sea turtles, birds and fish; increase recreational opportunities; and improve nearshore and reef habitats". The Trustees advise that "[damage assessment]—and restoration—will continue until the public is fully compensated for the natural resources and services that were lost as a result of the spill".

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that it has filed a Stipulation of Settlement and Order (19 March 2015) settling civil claims against Washakie Renewable Energy LLC (Washakie) for US$3 million, following an enforcement action by the US Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) (further information). According to the DoJ, Washakie breached the Clean Air Act (further information) by generating more than 7.2 million invalid renewable fuel credits, which were worth more than US$2 million. The DoJ also states that Washakie mitigated the problem by retiring the invalid renewable fuel credits and purchasing them from other parties.
DoJ's media release (19 March 2015)
(Source: DoJ; EPA)

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that American Pallet Recycling, L.L.C has pleaded guilty to "falsifying stamps that certified wood pallets were heat treated to prevent pest infestation, and were suitable for use in international transportation" and been sentenced to pay a fine of $US100,000. The company's former president and owner Raymond Viola "will pay [US]$1,000 and service three years of probation and has relinquished the business to his son", states the US DoJ.
DoJ's media release (12 March 2015)
(Source: DoJ)

The United States Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has announced that specialty chemicals producer Lamberti USA Inc (Wharton Chemical) "will pay a [US]$230,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it [breached the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (further information)]" at its Wharton Chemical complex in Hungerford, Texas. According to the US EPA, Wharton Chemical is classified as a small-quantity generator of hazardous waste, however it produced approximately 1,000 kilograms of hazardous waste per month over several occasions from 2009 to 2013.
US EPA's media release (10 March 2015)
(Source: EPA)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines (GSK Vaccines) has agreed to pay US$172,900 to settle allegations that it breached the Clean Air Act (the CAA) by "fail[ing] to submit a risk management plan at its facility ... in Hamilton, Montana".

Company Fined After Death of Worker at Viaduct

18 Sep 2014
Written by World Watch

Scotland's prosecution service the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has announced that SW Global Resourcing has pleaded guilty to "a breach of [the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 c. 37 (UK)] which resulted in the death of an employee at [a water viaduct] in 2010".

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) has agreed (15 September 2014) to pay US$1,853,000 to settle allegations that the company "failed to submit reports to EPA about [the] potential adverse effects of an herbicide product called Imprelis, and sold it with labeling that did not ensure its safe use".

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has made available Judge Carl Barbier's Findings of fact and conclusions of law (4 September 2014) in In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010.

Launch of Fossil Fuel-free Superannuation Fund

11 Sep 2014
Written by World Watch

Simon Sheikh, the former national director of Australia-based campaign organisation GetUp!, has launched Future Super, an ethical fossil fuel-free superannuation fund with the backing of Bendigo Bank and Grosvenor Pirie. Reportedly, Future Super will remove "harmful activities like tobacco, gambling, live animal exports, armaments and fossil fuels" from its portfolio.

The Land and Environment Court of the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) has handed down its judgment in Environment Protection Authority v Big Island Mining Pty Ltd [2014] NSWLEC 131 (26 August 2014). According to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Court has ordered Big Island Mining (BIM) to pay a total of $196,000 after the gold mine operator pleaded guilty to "polluting Spring and Majors [c]reeks on three separate occasions in 2013".

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