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Washington, DC 20530-0001
Founded in 1870
Key Executives for U.S. Department of Justice
Chief of Staff and Counsel, Environment and Natural Resources Division
Assistant Attorney General
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division
Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.
U.S. Department of Justice Key Developments
Wyeth Holdings Agrees to Perform Nearly $194 Million Worth of Cleanup Work at the American Cyanamid Superfund Site in Bridgewater Township and to Pay $1 Million for EPS's Past Costs of Overseeing Cleanup Work
Oct 1 15
Federal authorities announced that Wyeth Holdings has agreed to perform nearly $194 million worth of cleanup work at the American Cyanamid Superfund site in Bridgewater Township. The cleanup will address six disposal areas at the site, where chemicals were manufactured for nearly 100 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice. The company will also pay $1 million for EPA's past costs of overseeing cleanup work at the site. This agreement marks an important in EPA's work to clean up pollution throughout this complex site, said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. This will allow critical work to reduce problems posed by soil and groundwater contamination on parts of the site. The agreement also includes the closure of two waste-disposal areas whose contents were previously excavated and sent off-site. Wyeth will continue to operate a system for collecting and treating contaminated groundwater under the site to prevent it from seeping into the nearby Raritan River, Cuckels Brook and Middle Brook. A study to evaluate alternatives for cleaning up two additional waste disposal areas is ongoing. The original 575-acre site became one of the EPA's first Superfund national priority sites in 1983 after decades of dumping of contaminated waste materials including volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, metals and other harmful chemicals. The site has housed chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing since 1915. Contamination on a 140-acre portion of the site was cleared and the EPA approved it for redevelopment in 1998, resulting in the building of the Bridgewater Promenade retail center, the Somerset Patriots TD Bank Ballpark and the adjacent NJ Transit parking lot. There are plans to develop the remaining 435 acres of the site, but first it must be cleaned up. The soil, groundwater and waste disposal areas are contaminated with volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds and heavy metals. The extent and nature of potential health effects depend on many factors, including the level of contamination to which people are exposed and the length of exposure. The groundwater underlying the site is highly contaminated with benzene and other contaminants. Many of the site contaminants are known or suspected to cause cancer in people and animals.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice Announces Settlement with Tractor Supply Company Inc. and Tractor Supply Company of Texas L.P
Sep 30 15
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement with Tractor Supply Company Inc. and Tractor Supply Company of Texas L.P., that resolves allegations that the companies imported and sold more than 28,000 all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and engines that did not comply with federal Clean Air Act certification and emission information labeling requirements. Under the settlement, Tractor Supply Company will implement a compliance plan to prevent future violations and mitigation projects to reduce air pollution. Tractor Supply Company will also pay a $775,000 civil penalty. Under this settlement, Tractor Supply Company will not only pay a civil penalty and mitigate the potential adverse environmental effects of having sold noncompliant vehicles and engines, but will also take steps to ensure future imports and sales of its vehicles and engines meet Clean Air Act standards. The Clean Air Act requires that every vehicle and engine sold in the United States be covered by a valid, EPA-issued certificate of conformity, which manufacturers obtain by certifying that vehicles meet applicable federal emissions standards for various pollutants. EPA and the Justice Department alleged that from 2006 to 2009, Tractor Supply Company imported from China and sold in the U.S. over 28,000 vehicles and engines, representing at least 10 vehicle and engine models, that varied from the certificates of conformity that had been submitted to EPA. The vehicles had adjustable carburetors that were not described in the applications for certification, were produced by different manufacturers than the ones specified in the applications, were manufactured prior to the dates of the certificates of conformity, had model names that were not identified on the certificates of conformity, or were significantly more powerful than described. Some engines were incorrectly certified as non-road engines rather than as recreational vehicles and some, like certain of the vehicles, were significantly more powerful than described in the allegedly applicable certificate of conformity. The Department of Justice and EPA also alleged that the emission control information labels on certain vehicles did not comply with federal regulations, and that Tractor Supply Company provided an incomplete and inaccurate response to EPA's information request. The settlement requires Tractor Supply Company to implement a rigorous corporate compliance plan that requires regular vehicle and engine inspections, emissions and catalyst testing, staff training and reporting for five years. Tractor Supply Company will also mitigate potential adverse environmental effects of equipment already sold to consumers, which is estimated by EPA to be up to 23.5 tons of excess hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emissions and 12.2 tons of excess carbon monoxide emissions. This settlement is part of an ongoing effort by the EPA to ensure that importers of vehicles and engines comply with the requirements of the Clean Air Act and that retailers exercise due diligence in ensuring that their products comply fully with the regulations. The settlement, lodged Sept. 30, 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by the federal court.
Hudson City Savings Bank Enters into Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Sep 24 15
Hudson City Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Hudson City Savings Bank (the Bank), announced that the Bank has entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau related to certain alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act. The settlement was the result of investigations by the DOJ and CFPB into Hudson City's lending practices in majority-Black and Hispanic areas in its footprint mostly outside of New Jersey during the years 2009 through 2013. The DOJ and CFPB asserted that the Bank failed to originate enough loans in these areas when compared to a group of other market participants using statistical analysis of market data. Although Hudson City disagrees with the statistical analysis of loans relied upon by the DOJ and CFPB as the principal basis for its claims as well as the agencies' conclusions from their investigations, the bank has agreed to offer $25 million in subsidies to support home lending in minority areas and to implement a number of outreach and educational programs to residents of these communities. In the bank's view, the agreement will help supplement the bank's strong record of serving the needs of all communities within its geographic reach in a fair and honest manner for over 150 years. Indeed, due to its unique structure as a portfolio lender thrift institution and its origination product limitations, Hudson City historically relied heavily on purchases of loans from other originators to minority borrowers in the very census tracts that form the basis of the allegations, and kept such loans on its balance sheet in order to fulfill its Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending responsibilities. In the bank's view, providing additional liquidity to originators active in these areas through loan purchases is critical to meeting the credit needs of these communities. The bank decided to settle this matter, which includes payment of a $5.5 million civil penalty, to avoid litigation with these agencies so that it can focus on continuing to provide fair credit services to its customers and working to complete its pending merger with M&T Bank Corporation. If the merger is approved by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the New York State Department of Financial Services, the combined company will provide a wider array of banking products and services across a broad geographic footprint with greater minority populations. As required under its merger agreement with M&T, the company provided the agreement to M&T for review and received M&T's consent prior to entering into the agreement.
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