WASHINGTON (May 31, 9:45 p.m. ET) – Sabic Innovative Plastics has agreed to pay an approximately $1 million civil penalty and to improve leak detection and repair practices at plants in Mt. Vernon, Ind., and Burkville, Ala., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice.
The government agencies on May 31 announced the settlement with the Pittsfield, Mass.-based resin and compound maker. The deal settles a 15-count complaint alleging violations of the Clean Air Act.
The deal also requires Sabic to replace leaking valves with new low-emissions valves or valve packing material, designed to reduce fugitive emissions. According to EPA, the controls will cost almost $4 million.
Sabic also will invest $1.3 million to control emissions from certain process vents, according to EPA.
The compliance program and engineered controls will reduce emissions by up to 136.7 tons per year.
“This compliance program continues our efforts to control fugitive emissions and will require Sabic to upgrade its monitoring and maintenance practices to help prevent future violations,” said Robert Dreher, principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice.
Sabic said in a statement: “Protecting the environment and preserving our natural resources are important to the communities in which we operate and important to Sabic.”
The company said several of its
“The EPA inspections broadly evaluated environmental compliance status, which was found to be very good in most areas. However, they revealed concerns in air compliance programs at two of the sites that we acquired in 2007. The company immediately began to address the concerns following the inspections and, in addition, implemented further programs to ensure full compliance going forward.”