Dow agrees with US EPA pay $2.5 million settle violations

Dow agrees with US EPA to pay $2.5 million to settle violations

11:55 AM, 30th July 2011
Dow agrees with US EPA to pay $2.5 million to settle violations


MIDLAND, US: The Dow Chemical Company’s Michigan operations has reached a comprehensive settlement agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). The agreement encompasses air, water and waste issues identified during an inspection that was conducted over a 20-month period between August 2005 and March 2007.

Dow has been working with the US EPA and DOJ since the inspection to review and resolve the issues from the audit. In many cases, Dow was in compliance and in other instances, Dow and EPA had interpreted the regulations differently. In cases where Dow was found in noncompliance, Dow made immediate corrections. The general nature of many of the noncompliance allegations involved missed inspections, paperwork incompleteness and procedural issues. The settlement provides for a $2.5 million payment by Dow.

“We are committed to best-in-class performance of our environmental, health and safety practices and have learned some very valuable lessons from this process. We know that every detail of compliance is critical - including the administrative detail,” said Earl Shipp, VP, Michigan Operations, Dow. “While there has been no harm to human health or the environment with regard to these findings, we have taken corrective action and implemented measures to prevent recurrence.”

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