Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Current Parent Company: 
Chemours
Penalty: 
$1,275,000
Year: 
2014
Date: 
August 27, 2014
Offense Group: 
environment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

The Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) at its Belle, W. Va. facility for eight alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances between May 2006 and January 2010. Several of the releases posed significant risk to people or the Kanawha River. One DuPont worker died after exposure to phosgene, a toxic gas released due to DuPont's failure to comply with industry accident prevention procedures. DuPont was required to pay a $1.275 million penalty and take corrective actions to prevent future releases to resolve the alleged violations of the general duty clause and risk management provisions of the Clean Air Act, and the emergency response provisions of Section 103 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, and Section 304 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Environmental Protection Agency referral to the Justice Department
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
West Virginia
Facility City: 
Belle
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Delaware
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
chemicals
Specific Industry of Parent: 
chemicals
Notes: 

This facility is one of those transferred from DuPont to its Chemours spinoff in 2015.

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Parent company note: 
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