Merck To Pay $1.5M Penalty In EPA Pollution Case

Law360, New York (September 28, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT) -- Merck & Co. Inc. agreed Wednesday to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty to settle claims that it failed to prevent and report discharges of hazardous materials at two pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania, in violation of federal environmental laws.

The allegations, which Merck has denied, stem from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspections of the Riverside and West Point, Pa., sites conducted in 2006. The EPA claimed Merck had permits at both sites for the disposal of hazardous materials from refrigeration devices but did not have...
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