Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Lafarge North America Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
LafargeHolcim
Penalty: 
$8,740,000
Year: 
2011
Date: 
November 29, 2011
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

Lafarge North America Inc., one of the largest suppliers of construction materials in the United States and Canada, and four of its U.S. subsidiaries have agreed to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations. The violations include unpermitted discharges of stormwater and failure to comply with stormwater permits at 21 stone, gravel, sand, asphalt and ready-mix concrete facilities in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland and New York.Stormwater flowing over concrete manufacturing facilities can carry debris, sediment and pollutants including pesticides, petroleum products, chemicals and solvents, which can have a significant impact on water quality. Lafarge will implement a nationwide evaluation and compliance program at 189 of its similar facilities in the United States to ensure they meet Clean Water Act requirements. Lafarge will also pay a penalty of $740,000 and implement two supplemental environmental projects, in which the company will complete conservation easements to protect approximately 166 acres in Maryland and Colorado. The U.S. estimates that Lafarge will spend approximately $8 million over five years to develop and maintain this compliance program.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Environmental Protection Agency referral to the Justice Department
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
Switzerland
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
building materials
Specific Industry of Parent: 
building materials
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Parent company note: 
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