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Merck to pay $1.5 million civil penalty for environmental violations

September 29, 2011
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PHILADELPHIA — Pharmaceutical company Merck has agreed to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty to settle violations of federal environmental laws at its manufacturing facilities in Riverside and West Point, Pa., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The complaint alleges that Merck did not comply with Clean Air Act emissions reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

The complaint also asserts that Merck discharged pollutants in excess of limits in its Clean Water Act permit; failed to notify local officials of hazardous substances released; and failed to properly label and store hazardous waste.

The company has taken corrective actions to correct the alleged violations, and has implemented best management practices for continuing environmental compliance.
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