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Alabama's coal firm to pay USD 775K in air pollution penalties

Coal News - Published on Fri, 15 Feb 2019

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Associated Press reported that one of Alabama’s largest coal companies has agreed to pay USD 775,000 in penalties related to air pollution violations near Birmingham. reported that the proposed Drummond Company settlement comes nearly eight years after violations were discovered during a facility inspection.

Jefferson County Board of Health inspectors and the US Environmental Protection Agency found that the foundry coke facility was releasing over 10 times its reported amount of benzene.

The EPA considers benzene a known carcinogen. It has said that the excess release of benzene was related to unidentified or unrepaired facility leaks and miscalculations based on facility waste streams.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 15 Feb 2019
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