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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…

June 2014 Dutch Chemical Plant Explosion

A Dutch court ordered Royal Dutch Shell to pay a 2.5 million euro (US$2.8 million) fine for failing to prevent an explosion at its Moerdijk, Netherlands, chemical plant in June 2014, and for breaching emissions limits at the plant. The court ruled that Shell had not done enough to prevent the incident, which resulted in a series of explosions and a large fire. The court also held Shell liable for the emission of ethylene oxide at the plant above legal limits that lasted from mid-November 2015 to late January 2016.

Misconduct Type
Labor
Enforcement Agency
International
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Judgment
6/17/2019
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $2,832,042
Further Information Released

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database