By Joe Truini, Waste News
Wichita, Kansas -- Polymer and fibre producer Invista Sarl has agreed to pay a $1.7 million civil penalty to settle self-reported environmental violations in 12 facilities in seven states.
The company also will spend about $500 million to correct the violations. Invista disclosed more than 680 water, air, hazardous waste, emergency planning and preparedness and pesticide regulation violations after auditing the facilities. It bought them from DuPont Co. in 2004.
It is the largest settlement under the US Environmental Protection Agency's audit policy, which gives incentives to companies that voluntarily discover, disclose and correct environmental violations, said Catherine McCabe, acting assistant administrator of the EPA´s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
Invista is a subsidiary of privately held Koch Industries Inc. It produces fibre and polymer primarily for polyurethane (spandex fobres), nylon, and polyester applications.
The settlement resolves violations at plants in Seaford, Delaware; Athens, Calhoun and Dalton, Georgia; Kinston, North Carolina; Camden, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee.; Laporte, Orange and Victoria, Texas; and Martinsville and Waynesboro, Virginia.