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NJPIRG v. Powell Duffryn Terminals, Inc.

NJPIRG v. Powell Duffryn Terminals, Inc., 720 F. Supp. 1158 (D.N.J. 1989), affirmed in part and reversed in part, 913 F.2d 64 (3d Cir. 1990): The firm litigated two cases involving the Powell Duffryn terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey. The first case resulted in the imposition of the statutory maximum penalty for Powell Duffryn’s violation of the discharge limitations in its NPDES permit. At the time, the $4.085 million was the largest penalty ever imposed by a court in a suit brought by citizens to enforce the Clean Water Act. The parties later settled the second lawsuit which involved Powell Duffryn’s monitoring and reporting violations. The settlement resulted in the creation of the Environmental Endowment for New Jersey, Inc. Since its creation, the monies from the settlement of several Clean Water Act citizen enforcement suits have been directed to the Endowment. Each year on Earth Day, the Endowment makes grants to projects related to improving and understanding the environment


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