Honeywell agrees to pay $3 million pollution fine

Large fine is civil penalty for air pollution

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A major producer of ingredients used in nylon and fertilizer has agreed to pay a $3 million civil penalty for alleged air pollution violations at its Hopewell plant.

The agreement between federal authorities and Honeywell Resins and Chemicals LLC was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. The company also agreed to improve the plant's air pollution control equipment and processes.

According to federal and state environmental officials, the plant exceeded Clean Air Act limits on emissions of nitrogen oxide, benzene and other pollutants, and failed to make required upgrades and repairs.

Honeywell did not admit liability for the alleged violations but has certified it's now in compliance with regulations.

The company said in a written statement that it is "committed to the highest standards of environmental compliance."


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