Hazmat Practice Pointer: Access Recent Hazmat Enforcement Actions through the U.S. DOT Office of Inspector General’s Website

A valuable resource for hazmat transportation practitioners is the US Department of Transportation - Office of Inspector General’s (“DOT-OIG”) website, www.oig.dot.gov, which provides valuable up to date information on recent hazmat transportation civil and criminal enforcement actions. Practitioners can stay informed of these developments in real-time by signing up for the DOT-OIG’s email notification list. In addition to enforcement cases, the OIG reports on audits and oversight results.

Some recent updates that may be of interest to ATLP members include:

  • On January 9, 2020, CG Roxane, LLC, the company that produces Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of unlawful storage of hazardous waste and one count of unlawful transportation of hazardous material. The company illegally stored and transported hazardous waste that was created when it filtered arsenic from spring water at its facility in Olancha, California.
  • On February 5, 2020, the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, sentenced James Warner, former department manager for utilities and infrastructure at the Wayne County Airport Authority, to 120 months’ incarceration, 24 months of supervised release, a $1,000 special assessment, and $11 million in restitution. On June 5, 2019, a jury in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, had convicted Warner for his role in a complex white-collar fraud scheme at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.
  • On February 27, 2020, the DOT-OIG announced that it had initiated an audit of the Surface Transportation Board’s (“STB”) financial statements for fiscal years 2020 and 2019. The objective of this audit is to express an opinion on whether STB’s financial statements are fairly presented, in all material respects, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. An independent audit firm—Leon Snead & Company, PC—has been engaged to conduct this audit subject to OIG oversight. The audit report is due to the Office of Management and Budget by November 15, 2020.
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