Jump to main content or area navigation.

Contact Us

Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results 2011 Fiscal Year

2011 Region 1 Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results

Have EPA Enforcement actions occured in my community?

EPA Region 1 serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Overview

Region 1 puts significant effort into protecting people's health and the environment in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) by ensuring compliance with environmental laws through inspections and enforcement actions.  As a result of enforcement actions completed in Fiscal Year 2011, approximately 2.3 million pounds of pollutants will be reduced, treated, or eliminated, and approximately 8.6 million cubic yards of contaminated water and soil will be cleaned, at an estimated cost to polluters of more than $458 million.  In the Superfund program, Region 1 received commitments from liable parties to pay over $100 million to clean up Superfund sites and to reimburse the Government over $34 million for money it spent cleaning up sites. The Region also provides  compliance assistance to the regulated community. Over the past year, the Region reached more than 62,000 entities through 131 facility visits, 246 assistance workshops, dozens of presentations at meetings and events, and individualized assistance. 

Top of Page

Federal Case Highlights

  • City of Revere, MA: The City of Revere, Massachusetts. will significantly reduce illegal discharges of raw sewage overflows into the environment from its wastewater collection system and separate storm sewer system. The City has estimated that it will spend approximately $50 million to address these illegal discharges. Revere will also pay a civil penalty of $130,000 for past violations of the Clean Water Act.

  • G&K Services Co.: An industrial laundry in Manchester, New Hampshire, G&K, will pay a civil penalty of $65,000, and will undertake a Supplemental Environmental Project with a value of at least $220,000 to replace old, polluting wood stoves in southern New Hampshire with new, cleaner models, and will install equipment at its facility to remove approximately 20 tons per year of emissions of volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”).

  • Pharmacia & Upjohn: Cleanup and construction work expected to cost $150 million has begun at the former Pharmacia & Upjohn manufacturing facility located at 41 Stiles Lane in North Haven, Conn.  The work will allow the contaminated site to be developed and restored for use as open space and light industry or commerce.  Pfizer Inc., Pharmacia & Upjohn’s parent company, will provide financial assurance for the cleanup.

Top of Page

Accomplishments at a Glance:

Civil Cases
  Estimated pollution reduced, treated or Eliminated (Pounds)1 2,330,053
  Estimated hazardous waste treated, minimized, or properly disposed of (Pounds) 1 2,227
  Estimated contaminated soil and water to be cleaned up (Cubic Yard) 8,618,034
Enforcement Activities
  Case initiations 102
  Case conclusions 156

Sources for Data displayed in this document: Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Information System (CERCLIS).

Footnotes:

  1. Projected reductions to be achieved during the one year period after all actions have been completed. (return to text)

Top of Page

Jump to main content.