Storm water requirements have been in place for a long time. Developers must be responsible for their actions to ensure compliance with the law. Runoff from construction sites is a primary contributor to the impairment of water quality and EPA is vigorously enforcing federal regulations to help reduce this problem. This settlement is a strong signal of this Administration's commitment to increased enforcement of our nation's environmental laws and regulations.
These defendants knowingly mishandled hazardous waste both in Pennsylvania and abroad. The message is clear we will pursue criminals demonstrating such willful disregard for the public's safety and the environment -- even when it crosses jurisdictional lines -- and we will continue the collaborative efforts with international authorities to prosecute these crimes.
This is the largest civil administrative penalty EPA has ever obtained under any environmental statue. Not by a little, by a lot. EPA takes violations of toxic substances laws seriously and is committed to enforcing those laws. This settlement sends a strong message that companies are responsible for promptly informing EPA about risk information associated with their chemicals.
This is a good working example of EPA accelerating the pace of environmental progress while increasing our nation's economic competitiveness. The EPA worked with environmental groups and our nation's important agricultural industry to come up with a program that's both good environmental policy and good business policy.