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Two Manufacturers Agree To Upgrade Pollution Controls

Container glass manufacturer and a cement manufacturer have reached settlements with the government to spend up to $282 million to cut emissions at 28 plants across the U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) β€” A container glass manufacturer and a cement manufacturer have reached settlements with the government to spend up to $282 million to cut emissions at 28 plants around the country, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

The settlements for the second-largest companies in their business sectors require pollution control upgrades and acceptance of emission limits.

Saint-Gobain Containers Inc. of Muncie, Ind., will install pollution control equipment that the Justice Department estimated would cost $112 million at 15 plants in 13 states.

Under the settlement, Saint-Gobain has agreed to pay a $2.25 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of Clean Air Act regulations.

Lafarge North America Inc., and two subsidiaries will spend up to $170 million to reduce emissions at 13 cement plants in 13 states. The company, the second-largest manufacturer of the most commonly used type of cement, has agreed to pay a $5 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. Lafarge is based in Herndon, Va.

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