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May 22, 2015 7:27 PM ET

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Company Overview of United States Environmental Protection Agency

Company Overview

United States Environmental Protection Agency develops and enforces regulations for human health and environment protection. The agency researches and sets standards for environmental programs and delegates. United States Environmental Protection Agency caters to air quality, chemicals and toxics, climate change, greenery, health and safety, land cleanup, and waste and water treatment issues. The agency was founded in 1970 and is based in Washington, District Of Columbia with additional offices in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, and Florida.

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20460

United States

Founded in 1970

Phone:

202-272-0167

Fax:

202-564-6392

Key Executives for United States Environmental Protection Agency

Administrator
Acting Chief Financial Officer
Acting Chief Information Officer and Acting Assistant Administrator for Office of Environmental Information
Acting Deputy Administrator
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

United States Environmental Protection Agency Key Developments

Duke Energy to Pay $102 Million for Clean Water Act Violations in North Carolina, US

Duke Energy has been found guilty of nine criminal violations under the Clean Water Act at several of its facilities in North Carolina, US. The company will pay $68 million fine and spend $34 million on environmental remediation projects and land conservation projects in North Carolina and Virginia. Four charges of violations by three subsidiaries of Duke Energy involved coal ash spill at the Dan River steam station in Rockingham County. The company has also been pleaded guilty to coal ash discharge violations at the Cape Fear steam electric plant in Chatham County, the Asheville steam electric generating facility in Buncombe County, the H.F. Lee steam electric plant in Wayne County, and the Riverbend steam station in Gaston County. Duke Energy was alleged to have failed to maintain equipment at the Dan River and Cape Fear plants and unlawfully discharged coal ash and/or coal ash wastewater from impoundments at the Dan River, Asheville, Lee and Riverbend facilities. EPA office of enforcement and compliance assurance assistant administrator announced over two hundred sixteen million Americans rely on surface water as their source of drinking water. Duke Energy put that precious resource at risk in North Carolina as the result of their negligence.

Noble Energy Reaches Agreement with Federal and State Regulators to Improve Air Emission Controls in DJ Basin Operations

Noble Energy, Inc. announced an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the State of Colorado to improve emission control systems on a number of oil storage tanks located within the Denver-Julesberg Basin (DJ Basin) that may no longer comply with air regulations. Based on the EPA and Colorado's initial review of a relatively small number of older tank batteries, Noble Energy elected to expand the consent decree to identify additional opportunities to reduce emissions within the DJ Basin. In accordance with the agreement's schedule, Noble Energy will evaluate, monitor, verify, and report on the adequate design, operation and maintenance of certain aspects of its storage tank systems. This process, which is anticipated to continue into 2019, will result in expenditures to upgrade storage tank systems. The system upgrade expenditures cannot yet be quantified but are not expected to be material for the company's operations in the DJ Basin. Noble Energy will also pay $4.95 million in civil penalties, provide $4 million in funding for supplemental environmental projects and $4.5 million in mitigation projects. Mitigation measures in the agreement will further reduce emissions. They include retrofitting engines to run on natural gas, upgrading control systems for transferring oil and other liquids from storage tanks to tanker trucks, and supporting scientific research on sampling and analytical methods for managing pressurized liquids. Noble Energy will also provide funding for Front Range air quality programs, including incentives for the change out of wood-burning stoves and gasoline-powered lawn mowers.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Departments Environment and Natural Resources Division Announce Settlement with Cal-Maine Foods, Inc

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Justice Departments Environment and Natural Resources Division announced a settlement with Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. that resolves Clean Water Act violations at the company's poultry egg production facility in Edwards, Miss. Under the settlement, Cal-Maine will bring the facility into compliance with its state-issued water discharge permit, significantly reduce nutrient pollution discharges, and improve environmental data collection and reporting practices. The company will also pay a $475,000 penalty to be split evenly between the U.S. Federal and Mississippi governments. Clean Water Act violations from agricultural facilities can impair drinking water sources, transmit disease-causing bacteria, and endanger lakes and rivers. This settlement will bring Cal-Maine into compliance with state and federal laws and cut nutrient pollution discharges into area waterways. Under the settlement, Cal-Maine is already developing and implementing: procedures for its egg production and land application areas to achieve compliance with its NPDES permit, an employee training policy, and improved recordkeeping and reporting practices. The procedures were submitted to, and reviewed and approved by EPA and Mississippi officials over the course of settlement negotiations. Cal-Maine has begun implementing these procedures and must comply with all the terms of the settlement by April 30, 2016.

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