Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Wissahickon Creek Fish Kills

On June 13, 2006 Merck discharged potassium thiocyanate from its pharmaceutical plant in Montgomery County, Pa., causing extensive fish kills in nearby Wissahickon Creek and the temporary closing of the Philadelphia Water Department’s Schuylkill River drinking water intake. In December 2007, Merck settled a federal-state lawsuit over the resulting violations of the federal Clean Water Act and state water pollution control regulations. Merck agreed to pay $10 million to put into place systems that will prevent future discharges, spend approximately $9 million for environmental projects, and pay $1,575,000 in penalties to the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. $20,575,000
Further Information Released
Complaint 12/15/2007
Consent Decree 12/15/2007
DOJ Press Release 12/15/2007

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database