DuPont to Comply with Clean Air Act

by | Jul 25, 2014

industrial plant emissionsDuPont will pay a $440,000 civil penalty and comply with air pollution control measures required by the Clean Air Act, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act at its DuPont Yerkes chemical manufacturing facility in Tonawanda, NY.

The District Court for the Western District of New York approved the legal agreement, which will require DuPont to test the emissions from its smoke stack, among other actions, according to the EPA.

Among other violations, the complaint alleges that Tonawanda DuPont facility did not have the proper operating parameters for its pollution control equipment and failed to maintain a monitoring system for the equipment. The complaint also alleges that the company violated several reporting requirements and underreported air pollution on its annual EPCRA statements.

Under the finalized and approved agreement, DuPont will:

  • test and properly operate emission monitoring systems
  • conduct a test of emissions coming from its stack to demonstrate compliance with the Clean Air Act
  • enable proper operation of the air pollution monitoring systems
  • pay a penalty of $440,000

The facility has corrected its reporting requirement deficiencies, the EPA says.

Earlier this month the EPA reached a settlement with Minnesota Power, which agreed to pay about $5.6 million, install pollution control technology and meet stringent emission rates to reduce air pollution from the company’s three coal-fired power plants located in Cohasset, Hoyt Lakes and Schroeder, Minn.

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