19 October 2009 21:09 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The US operations of BASF will pay $384,200 (€257,414) to resolve US Clean Air Act violations related to hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) leaks at company facilities in Texas, Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Monday.
In addition, the company will spend more than $250,000 to reduce the use of refrigerant chemicals by retrofitting a ?xml:namespace>
The units in question currently use HCFCs, which destroy stratospheric ozone, according to the EPA. All replacement units will be able to use only non-ozone-depleting refrigerants.
The moves come in addition to actions already taken by BASF, which has replaced or retired four other refrigeration units at company facilities in Livonia, Michigan; Greenville, Ohio; and South Brunswick, New Jersey at a cost of more than $200,000.
Combined, those measures will remove about 4,760 pounds (2.2 tonnes) of HCFCs from company operations, the EPA said.
The settlement is the result of a complaint filed in
“Today’s settlement marks an important step in protecting the earth’s stratospheric ozone layer from the harmful effects of HCFCs,” said EPA acting regional administrator Lawrence Starfield.
BASF did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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