Pharmaceuticals company to pay $2.25 million civil penalty for alleged CWA violations

March 15, 2013

LENEXA, Kan. — In 2007, an EPA inspection found the Teva facility was discharging pollutants above permitted levels.

LENEXA, Kan. — The Justice Department, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced that Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. has agreed to pay a $2.25 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the State of Missouri’s Air Conservation Law, Clean Water Law and Hazardous Waste Management Law at the company’s facility in Mexico, Mo., according to a press release.

A 2007 inspection of the Missouri facility revealed violations of the CAA. The violations included failure to control emissions of hazardous air pollutants from wastewater and failure to comply with regulations designed to prevent leaks of air pollutants from equipment at the facility, stated the article.

In 2007, an EPA inspection found the Teva facility was discharging pollutants above permitted levels established by the City of Mexico’s Pretreatment Program, in violation of the CWA.

In 2009, an inspection by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources uncovered various RCRA violations. These violations included failure to determine if waste was hazardous, illegal storage of hazardous waste, failure to comply with labeling requirements, and offering hazardous waste for transport without a manifest, noted the release.

Read the entire press release here.

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