DuPont Co. will pay $800,000 as part of an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations at the company's Washington Works plant in Wood County.
The proposed settlement between the company, the EPA and state regulators was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.
In addition to the monetary penalty, the agreement requires DuPont to implement several measures to increase its Clean Air Act compliance and limit emissions of hazardous air pollutants, including formaldehyde, methanol and acetal, which are considered volatile organic compounds.
Authorities alleged the Washington plant violated several leak detection and repair regulations designed to prevent emissions of these hazardous chemicals. The allegations date as far back as 2007.
Officials said the company failed to identify and report equipment containing hazardous air pollutants, close open-ended lines containing hazardous pollutants, conduct required pressure tests, calibrate monitoring equipment and properly monitor pumps, valves and connectors.
As part of the agreement, DuPont will bring in an independent third party to audit its leak detection and repair procedures. It will also prepare a detailed manual and training programs covering the procedures and conduct quarterly reviews and annual audits to monitor its compliance.
The proposed settlement agreement will be subject to a 30-day public comment period and review by a judge before it can be approved.