Sabic Innovative Plastics has agreed to pay an approximately $1 million civil penalty and to improve leak detection and repair practices at plants in Mount Vernon, Ind., and Burkville, Ala., according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice.
The government agencies announced May 31 the settlement with the Pittsfield, Mass.-based resins 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, EPA said.
The compliance program and engineered controls are expected to reduce emissions by as much as 136.7 tons per year.