Indiana Chemical Plant Agrees To $425,000 EPA Fine

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indianapolis chemical company has agreed to pay a $425,000 penalty and spend $705,000 on pollution control upgrades to settle alleged clean air violations.

Under its proposed agreement with federal officials, Vertellus Agriculture and Nutrition Specialties L.L.C. would upgrade pumps to eliminate hazardous air pollutant emissions at its plant on the city's southwest side.

That plant makes chemicals for the agriculture and nutrition industries.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleged that Vertellus failed to comply with EPA standards for leak detection and repairs for controlling hazardous air pollutants.

The proposed agreement was entered Friday in federal court in Indianapolis. It will be followed by a 30-day public comment period.

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