May 16, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor has won a lawsuit against American Industries in which the DOL argued the company’s Jewett City operation violated the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, which authorizes the department to sue operators who ignore or refuse to pay civil penalties for safety and health violations that have become final orders under the act.
The department sued American Industries in June 2012, seeking payment of penalties owed since 2007.
In its judgement, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut ordered the Jewett City, Connecticut, sand and gravel operation to pay $34,061, plus interest, in delinquent civil money penalties for violations of the act. American Industries was also ordered to pay a cash performance bond of $30,000–which includes payment of civil money penalties–with the department to ensure future compliance with the law.