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Environmental Policing Nets Gains for West Virginia Worth $3.7 Million


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded enforcement cases in fiscal year 2007 that will produce $3,740,097 in pollution controls and environmental projects protecting the West Virginia’s air, water, and land. The cases include $188,214 in penalties that polluters will have to pay for violating federal environmental laws.

“West Virginia residents will benefit from cuts in pollution and from improvements in the way pollution is managed by these companies and industrial facilities that are now complying with the law,” said Donald S. Welsh, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “The millions of dollars these companies will have to spend in West Virginia as a result of our environmental policing will also produce health benefits for the public.”

EPA’s calculations of environmental benefits from its cases in the West Virginia include the reduction of more than 5.4 million pounds of chemical releases, and the cleanup of properties with contaminated soil amounting to enough soil to fill 19 football fields.

EPA’s mid-Atlantic enforcement program inspected and took action for violations associated with eight different environmental statutes. The cases ranged from environmental reporting violations to mismanagement of hazardous waste to illegal discharges of pollutants.
In addition, the agency negotiated agreements with specific violators to spend $21,549 on environmental projects helping communities.


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