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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Clean Water Act Violations in Puerto Rico

Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary Shell Chemical Yabucoa, Inc. of Puerto Rico agreed to pay a $1,025,000 penalty and spend at least $273,800 enhancing its pollution controls and monitoring to remedy Clean Water Act violations. When Shell purchased the facility in 2001, it was not in compliance with its pollution discharge permit. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Shell agreed on steps it had to take to bring the facility into compliance. The government alleged Shell failed to fulfill the agreement by discharging pollutants in excess of permit limits, discharging pollutants into Santiago Creek and the Caribbean Sea at unpermitted locations, failing to report certain discharge data, and lacking adequate operation and maintenance of a discharge pipe into the Caribbean Sea. As part of the consent decree, Shell also agreed to Install a 1.34 million gallon storage facility for contaminated stormwater if it restarts petrochemical activities at the facility.

Misconduct Type
Environment
Enforcement Agency
EPA
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Announcement
1/12/2009
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $1,298,800
Further Information Released
EPA Press Release 1/29/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database