Alabama Pipe Maker Settles With EPA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Cast iron pipe manufacturer McWane Inc. has agreed to pay $4 million in civil penalties and spend $9.1 million to protect communities near its plants in 14 states in a settlement with federal environmental regulators.

The Environmental Protection Agency said the settlement with Alabama-based McWane resolves more than 400 violations of air and water quality standards at 28 plants. The EPA statement Wednesday said McWane already has spent more than $7.6 million on corrective measures.

The company previously paid more than $25 million in criminal fines and penalties for environmental violations.

In Birmingham, McWane President Ruffner Page Jr. said the settlement was reached in an innovative process with a mediator and is the beginning of the final chapter in its effort to be in full compliance with environmental standards.

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