Friesland Settles with Department of Justice over Pollution

A penalty of $2.88 million is being imposed for violations of the Clean Water Act in the Delaware River.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that food company FrieslandCampina (Friesland) agreed to pay a civil penalty of $2.88 million for violation of the Clean Water Act. The international company’s manufacturing branch in Delhi, New York, was found to have regularly polluted the West Branch of the Delaware River with volatile compounds and hazardous chemicals.

The Delaware River provides much of the drinking water for New York City and the surrounding area. Half of the penalty paid will be sent to the state of New York to help clean pollutants out of the river. The other half of the funding will implement a supplemental environmental project at the Friesland facility.

“This settlement sends an important message that the United States will take decisive action to hold companies accountable for failing to properly control pollutants being emitted into the air and discharged into the water, and that shirk permitting and reporting responsibilities,” said Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Lisa Garcia.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan as he oversees the agency and regional administrators.
  • For Justice Department officials as they seek to hold companies accountable for water pollution.
  • For the people in the state of New York who have been affected by the pollution.

Sources: Department of Justice


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