U.S. reaches $3.1 million settlement with Dupont over 2014 chemical accident

FILE PHOTO: Traders work below a board displaying the DuPont logo on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department have entered a $3.1 million settlement with E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Co over a 2014 chemical accident at the company’s former La Porte, Texas, plant that killed four employees, the EPA said on Thursday.

The EPA said the agencies cited 22 violation of the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program in a complaint against Dupont, which merged with the Dow Chemical Co last year to form DowDupont Inc.

Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; editing by Jonathan Oatis