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Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results 2011 Fiscal Year

2011 Region 5 Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results

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EPA Region 5 serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


Region 5 works with state and tribal governments to ensure compliance with our nation’s environmental laws in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.  Our civil and criminal enforcement actions are focused on the most serious water, air and chemical hazards – including those identified in EPA’s national enforcement initiatives – and advance environmental justice by protecting overburdened communities.

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Federal Case Highlights

  • Clean Water Settlement in Northeast Ohio:  EPA and the Department of Justice settled a Clean Water Act suit with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. The settlement will keep untreated sewage out of Cleveland area waterways and Lake Erie.

  • Clean Air Settlement to Protect Indiana Public Health by Reducing Emissions:  EPA reached a Clean Air Act settlement with the Northern Indiana Public Service Co. in January 2011. NIPSCO must install $600 million in pollution control technology at its four coal-fired power plants, and spend $9.5 million to reduce the effects of past emissions. It is also expected to reduce pollutant emissions by over 68,000 tons per year.

  • Illinois Company Pleads Guilty to Illegal Storage of Hazardous Waste:  Honeywell International Inc. was sentenced in March 2011 to pay a criminal fine of $11.8 million for knowingly storing hazardous waste without a permit – a violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

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Accomplishments at a Glance:

Civil Cases
  Estimated pollution reduced, treated or Eliminated (Pounds)1 311,305,460
  Estimated hazardous waste treated, minimized, or properly disposed of (Pounds) 1   25,184,000
  Estimated contaminated soil and water to be cleaned up (Cubic Yard) 72,169,914
Enforcement Activities
  Case initiations             357
  Case conclusions              344

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


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

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