News Release 579
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice and Missouri Department of Natural Resources sign consent decree with Doe Run Corporation
Volume 38-579 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 8, 2010 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources have signed a consent decree with the Doe Run Corporation for violating federal and state environmental laws.
The decree, signed today in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, involves the company’s operations at 10 facilities in eastern Missouri. The EPA initiated the legal action, with the state Department of Natural Resources joining later.
As part of the decree, the lead mining company will be required to pay $7 million in civil penalties for violating the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Half of that amount will go to the federal government; half will be paid to the state and distributed to the school funds of Iron, Reynolds, Jefferson and Washington counties. Doe Run also will be required to repair environmental damage to a creek and complete a series of local environmental projects.
“The size and scope of this settlement is significant,” said Kip Stetzler, interim director of the Department of Natural Resources. “It addresses past violations of environmental law, and includes steps to prevent future violations in order to better protect human health and the environment. It also provides funding to help area schools with environmentally related projects.”
The decree also calls on the company to spend up to $5.8 million to repair the environmental damage done to eight and one-half miles of Bee Fork Creek in Reynolds County.
Doe Run will be required to spend an additional $2 million on several environmental projects at schools in the four-county area, including:
- Retrofitting diesel vehicles, engines and equipment – with an emphasis on school buses – to cut diesel emissions;
- Removing old, out-dated or dangerous chemicals from school science labs; and
- Improving energy efficiency in schools through weatherization, installation of high-efficiency heating and cooling, high-efficiency lighting and ground source heat pump systems.