EPA: Oklahoma Acid Manufacturer To Cut Ozone-Causing Emissions - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

EPA: Oklahoma Acid Manufacturer To Cut Ozone-Causing Emissions

Posted: Updated:
File photo. [CBS] File photo. [CBS]
OKLAHOMA CITY -

A manufacturer of nitrogen-based fertilizers has reached a deal with federal regulators to reduce ozone-causing emissions from plants in four states, including its facilities in Pryor.

The Environmental Protection Agency said in a release on Wednesday the lawsuit settlement with Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries requires the company and four of its subsidiaries to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions by more than 800 tons annually.

EPA-LSB Industries Settlement

The plants will invest up to $11.7 million in the facilities to implement the emission cuts.

One of LSB Industries' plants listed in the settlement is its subsidiary, Pryor Chemical Company.

According to the company's web site, the Pryor facility produces anhydrous ammonia, urea, nitric acid, urea ammonium nitrate and carbon dioxide.

In the news release, the EPA said nitrogen dioxide contributes to ground-level ozone and fine particle pollution and has been associated with causing respiratory ailments.

"This case is about cleaner air for people living in communities near manufacturing plants," said Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

"LSB Industries has committed to dramatic cuts in air pollution and ensuring they are in compliance with the law. We expect others in the industry to recognize the imperative to adopt reforms and reduce pollution in communities where they operate."

The EPA says the complaint, filed concurrently with the settlement, alleges the Pryor subsidiary constructed or made modifications to their plant that resulted in increased emissions of nitrogen dioxide without first obtaining pre-construction permits and installing pollution controls.

LSB and its subsidiaries will also pay a penalty of $725,000 to resolve violations of the federal Clean Air Act and Oklahoma environmental laws.

The EPA says $206,250 from the settlement will be paid to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Cold Case

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.