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Agribusiness Firm to Pay $899,000 to Settle Clean Air Act Violations

Posted on 1/29/2016 by Roger Marks

A major agribusiness firm will pay $899,000 in civil penalties and spend $42 million on facility upgrades to resolve allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act when it made modifications to five of its sulfuric acid plants, EPA reported last month.

Under Title V of the Clean Air Act, industry sites must obtain a permit in order to construct new sources of air pollution or make major modifications to existing sources. EPA alleges the company failed to obtain the proper pre-construction permits and failed to implement “best available control technology” (BACT) to limit sulfur dioxide (SO2), sulfuric acid mist, and particulate matter emissions.

Among the upgrades the company will make is a $200,000 wood stove replacement mitigation project to reduce emissions of particulate matter (PM 2.5), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide (CO), and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). 

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In total, EPA estimates the settlement will result in a 50% reduction of SO2 emissions from the company’s five sulfuric acid plants (approx. 2,540 tons per year). View the Clean Air Act settlement here.  

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