MCM Construction Settlement
$6,000,000 in Fines Paid by MCM Construction
California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a $6 million settlement with MCM Construction, resolving allegations that the company was operating diesel cranes, pile drivers, and other portable engines without the required air district pollution permits. Under California laws designed to protect air quality, construction companies must obtain a permit from local air pollution control districts before operating certain diesel engines over fifty horsepower. The California Attorney General’s Office alleged that MCM Construction operated dozens of engines at multiple locations without required permits on hundreds of days. Diesel exhaust contains carcinogens, particulate matter, and oxides of nitrogen. The parties settled for $6 million in advance of trial, agreeing that MCM Construction will obtain necessary permits prior to operating any of its portable, diesel-burning equipment and will train its personnel to take precautions to protect rivers at bridge construction sites. The settlement, which is the largest ever environmental settlement involving portable engines, requires the company to pay $4 million in penalties and costs and an additional $2 million to replace some of its older engines with newer, cleaner-burning engines. The company will also adopt an internal environmental auditing process.