Charleston, WV (AP) -- State and federal authorities say DuPont and Lucite International have agreed to pay $2 million to settle air pollution violations at a West Virginia plant.
The violations stem from sulfur dioxide releases from a unit owned by Lucite and operated by DuPont in Belle.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Justice Department and the state said Monday that modifications were made to the unit in 1996 without obtaining pre-construction permits or installing air pollution controls.
EPA said the Belle plant burns sulfuric acid sludge, which creates sulfur dioxide.
EPA said both companies have agreed to close the unit by next April.
The settlement was filed with the federal court in charleston and people have 30 days to comment.
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