US Sues Eastman Chemical Over Oil Spills In Va.

Law360, New York (January 18, 2011, 3:04 PM EST) -- The U.S. government is seeking civil penalties against a chemical manufacturer accused of dumping oil into local waterways and failing to maintain proper procedures for spill response and waste testing.

The government hit Eastman Chemical Resins Inc. with a suit Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, alleging the company’s plant in Franklin, Va., discharged crude oil and fatty acids into a nearby river, lacked adequate spill response plans and failed to evaluate certain hazardous wastes.

The company’s actions violated the...
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