The nation’s largest lead producer has agreed to pay $7 million in civil fines, $3.5 million each to the United States and Missouri, and $65 million in injunctive relief to settle allegations that it violated federal and state environmental laws at 10 of its mining, milling and smelting facilities in southeastern Missouri. U.S. v. The Doe Run Res. Corp., No. N/A (E.D. Mo. consent decree filed 10/08/10). The federal government alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, RCRA, EPCRA, and CERCLA; the state alleged violations of Missouri’s Air Conservation Law, Clean Water Law, and Hazardous Waste Management Law.
The company, which will shut down its lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri, by December 31, 2013, as part of the settlement, has also agreed to spend $2 million on community-based mitigation to reduce pollution from other sources in the area. In addition to the consent decree, EPA is issuing for public comment a new administrative order that requires the company to sample residential properties with lead soil concentrations of 400 parts per million or higher within 1.5 miles of the smelter and clean up those properties. The consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period and court approval. See DOJ Press Release, October 8, 2010.