MIDLAND, MICH. (Aug. 1, 1:55 p.m. ET) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act at its chemical manufacturing and research complex in Midland.
According to EPA, Dow violated the Clean Water Act's prohibition against discharging pollutants without a permit and violated the RCRA's requirements for hazardous waste generators. The company violated the Clean Air Act requirements for monitoring and repairing leaking equipment and for failing to comply with reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
The violations stemmed from four site visits between August 2005 and August 2006, and a clean air inspection in March 2007 – all at the Midland facility.
“This compliance program should serve as a model for industry and will go a long way to assure future violations will not happen again at this facility,” said Ignacia Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice, in a statement. “Dow worked cooperatively with the government to resolve this matter and in doing so set an example for responsible compliance with our nation's environmental laws.”