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U.S., Texas reach settlement with DuPont, PMNA over alleged environmental violations

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Oct 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Thursday introduced a settlement with industrial supplies maker DuPont (DD.N) and Performance Materials NA to resolve alleged violations of environmental legal guidelines at a Texas facility.

Under the settlement settlement, DuPont and PMNA will conduct compliance audits, management benzene emissions and carry out different injunctive reduction to handle violations on the facility.

“Defendants will also pay a $3.1 million civil penalty and attorney’s fees to the State of Texas”, the Justice Department stated in a press release.

In a joint criticism filed on Oct. 13, the United States, on behalf of the EPA, and the state of Texas alleged DuPont and PMNA violated hazardous waste, air and water environmental legal guidelines on the PMNA Sabine River chemical manufacturing facility in Orange, Texas. The former DuPont facility is now owned and operated by PMNA.

The alleged violations included failure to make hazardous waste determinations, failure to fulfill land disposal restrictions and unpermitted discharges of course of wastewater, amongst others, the Justice Department stated.

“The petrochemical industry must operate in compliance with environmental laws,” stated Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

“We will continue to hold operators accountable to address pollution from industrial operations that violate the law, such as those at the Sabine River facility, and to enhance public health and the environment, particularly in surrounding communities overburdened by industrial pollution,” Kim added.

The consent decree was lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Oct. 13 and is about to be printed within the Federal Register with a possibility for public remark.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Aurora Ellis

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Signage is seen at the headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

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