To learn more about the Koch brothers' abysmal environmental track record—and the "toxic cloud" they've created over Crossett—read Robert Greenwald's exposé here. You can contribute to Crossett's campaign against the Georgia Pacific plant here.
May 19, 2011 – Koch Industries ranks in the "top ten" of the Toxic 100 list of the Political Economy Research Institute, which identifies the top U.S. air polluters ...
Mar 1, 2011 – Koch's Citizens for a Sound Economy front group ran ads claiming (Koch Industries created) particle pollution isn't harmful. One ad featured a ...
5 days ago – ... pollution being dumped into the local river by Georgia-Pacific, which is owned by Koch Industries. The video shows a water filled with toxic ...
The above list ($6M + $2M + $35M + $20M + $25M) totals $88 million, well below another list of EPA fines which are a matter of public record of 200 Million Dollars of fines.
In March 1999, Koch Petroleum Group, a Koch Industries subsidiary, pled guilty to charges that it had negligently dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of aviation fuel into wetlands near the Mississippi River from its refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota, and that it had also illegally dumped a million gallons of high-ammonia wastewater onto the ground and into the Mississippi River. Koch Petroleum paid the Dakota County Park System a $6 million fine and $2 million in remediation costs, and was ordered to serve three years of probation.
In 1999, a federal jury found that Koch Industries had stolen oil from government and American Indian lands, had lied about its purchases more than 24,000 times, and was fined $553,504.
In January 2000, a Koch Industries subsidiary, Koch Pipeline, agreed to a $35 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and the State of Texas. This settlement, including a $30 million civil fine, was incurred for the firm's three hundred oil spills in Texas and five other states going back to 1990. The spills resulted in more than 3 million US gallons (11,000 m3) of crude oil leaking into ponds, lakes, streams and coastal waters.
In 2001, the company reached two settlements with the government. In April, the company reached a $20 million settlement in exchange for admitting to covering up environmental violations at its refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. That May, Koch Industries paid $25 million to the federal government to settle a federal lawsuit that found the company had improperly taken more oil than it had paid for from federal and Indian land.
In June 2003, the US Commerce Department fined Koch Industries subsidiary Flint Hill Resources a $200,000 civil penalty. The fine settled charges that the company exported crude petroleum from the US to Canada without proper US government authorization. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security said from July 1997 to March 1999, Koch Petroleum (later called Flint Hill Resources) committed 40 violations of Export Administration Regulations.
In 2006, Koch Industries’ subsidiary Flint Hill Resources was fined nearly $16,000 by the EPA for 10 separate violations of the Clean Air Act at its Alaska oil refinery facilities, and required to spend another $60,000 on safety equipment needed to help prevent future violations.
In 2007, Koch Nitrogen's plant in Enid, Oklahoma, was listed as the third highest company releasing toxic chemicals in Oklahoma, according to the EPA, ranking behind Perma-Fix Environmental Services in Tulsa and Weyerhaeuser Co. in Valliant. The facility produces about 10% of the US national production of anhydrous ammonia, as well as urea and UAN.
In 2010, Koch Industries was ranked 10th on the list of top US corporate air polluters, the “Toxic 100 Air Polluters,” by the Political Economic Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Koch Industries had inside man at the EPA
The table below is taken from InflunceExplorer.com and shows EPA violations by Koch Industries and its subsidiaries dating back to 2001. The data is new to the site and allows access to information that was once hard to obtain.
|Invista S.A.R.L. (National Case)||Invista S.A.R.L.||La Porte, Tx and others||$170,099,600|
|Invista S.A.R.L. (National Case)||Invista S.a.r.l.||Athens, Ga; Calhoun and others||$48,978,944|
|Invista S.A.R.L (National Case)||Invista S.a.r.l.||Martinsville, Va; Seaford and others||$24,672,736|
|Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Admin Order On Consent (Cercla)||Georgia-Pacific, LLC||Kalamazoo, Mi||$14,000,000|
|Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Consent Decree Ou 2-Willow Boul||Georgia Pacific Corp||Kalamazoo, Mi||$11,725,509|
|Koch Pipeline Company||Koch Pipeline Company||Algona, Ia||$2,306,588|
|Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River - Kalamazoo Mill And Hawthorne||Georgia-pacific Corporation||Kalamazoo, Mi||$2,029,207|
|Flint Hills Resources Alaska, Llc||Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC||North Pole, Ak||$2,000,000|
|Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, Lp||Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP||Milford, Nj||$2,000,000|
|Colonial Pipeline Company||Colonial Pipeline Company||Winder, Ga||$1,582,600|