Tracking corporate violations of federal health, safety laws in CT

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A new Violation Tracker database from Good Jobs First, a national policy resource center for corporate and government accountability, makes it easier for citizens to look up which corporations were fined for violating environmental, health and safety laws across the country.

The database shows the largest penalty in Connecticut was levied on a facility that violated federal environmental law. In 2014, a judge fined the Unilever company $4.5 million after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited it for various violations of the Clean Water Act, such as bypassing a wastewater treatment system.

A future version of the database will include banking, antitrust, and wage violations.

According to the data, although there are more Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations in Connecticut, the bulk of fines comes from the EPA.

Though corporate headquarters might be located elsewhere, local manufacturing plants have received the highest fines.

Explore the map below to see the distribution of violations by agency in Connecticut.

Lisbon and Sterling had the highest rate of EPA violations compared to town population.

For violations tracked by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the highest rate of violations occurred in Roxbury, Salem and Voluntown. The Administration regulates commercial transportation.

Brookfield, Orange, and Middlefield had the highest rate of OSHA violations.

However, Middletown and Bridgeport had the highest fines in Connecticut from that agency.

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