SunCoke Energy Inc To Pay $2 Million For Alleged Air Pollution-DJ


Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 05:21pm EDT 

Dow Jones reported that SunCoke Energy Inc and two of its units have agreed to pay $2 million to resolve allegations that the Company, which produces steelmaking coke, violated emissions limits at plants in Illinois and Ohio, U.S. officials said. The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency accused the Company of violating the Clean Air Act by allowing excess sulphur dioxide and particulate matter to escape from its Gateway Energy and Coke Plant in Granite City, Ill., and Haverhill Coke Plant in Franklin Furnace, Ohio. Both facilities are located in areas that don't meet federal health standards for soot, and the Illinois facility is in an area that doesn't meet the air pollution standard for lead. SunCoke and its two subsidiaries also agreed to spend $255,000 to reduce lead hazards in low-income residences in southern Illinois. They will pay a federal penalty of $1.27 million and will pay $575,000 to the state of Illinois and $150,000 to Ohio. The companies will spend an additional $100 million at the two coking facilities to route hot coking gases to pollution-control equipment instead of directly into the environment and $700,000 on equipment to monitor sulfur-dioxide emissions at its two problematic facilities. If emissions at a third facility in Middletown, Ohio, also exceed the threshold, then the Company will have to install additional equipment to control pollution there too. 

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