Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | August 1, 2008

Attorney Sanders says U.S. EPA files Bristol-Meyers Squibbs consent decree to resolve costly Clean Air Act violations.

Under a proposed Clean Air Act consent decree filed in federal court in Evansville, Ind., Bristol-Myers Squibb, a large international pharmaceutical maker, will be required to retire or retrofit 17 industrial refrigeration units by July 2009 at facilities in Mt. Vernon and Evansville, Ind.; Hopewell, N.J.; and Humacao and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.  The total cost of this work is estimated at $3.65 million.

In addition, the company has agreed to perform a supplemental environment project that will involve retiring two comfort cooling units at its New Brunswick, N.J. plant and connecting the air conditioners to the company’s new centralized refrigeration system. The new system uses water-chilled coolers which act as the refrigerant to minimize the use of chemical agents in the chilling process.

Combined, the measures that the company is performing will remove over 6,350 pounds of harmful HCFCs from their operations. Further, the company will take additional steps to assure compliance with the EPA regulations at thirteen of its facilities and pay $127,000 in civil penalties.

The proposed consent decree, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by the federal court. Bristol-Myers Squibb is required to pay the penalty within 30 days of the court’s approval of the settlement. A copy of the consent decree lodged today is available on the Department of Justice Web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/open.html.

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