US authorities, PotashCorp settle over emissions from Louisiana plant

23 May 2013 19:19  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) on Thursday announced that fertilizer major PotashCorp’s agreed to reduce hydrogen fluoride emissions from its phosphoric acid plant in Geismar, Louisiana.

The EPA said that the agreement with PotashCorp resolved allegations of clean-air violations at the plant’s cooling towers.

Under the settlement, PotashCorp will prevent the release of 15m lb/year (6804 tonnes/year) of hydrogen fluoride, and it will pay a civil penalty of almost $200,000 (€156,000), the EPA said.

PotashCorp already implemented the pollution controls sought in the settlement for the Geismar plant, the EPA added. PotashCorp media officials were not immediately available for additional comment.

($1 = €0.78)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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