Company Pays Penalty for Air Pollution

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville company has agreed to pay a $330,000 penalty for violating air pollution standards.

The Courier-Journal reports Eckart America, which is a pigment-manufacturing plant, agreed on Wednesday to the levy, which is in addition to a $668,250 fine the company agreed to pay in 2011.

Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District spokesman Thomas Nord says the second settlement stems from the same violations as the first, but is another level of enforcement based upon an analysis of economic benefit.

The plant's general manager, Mark Westwell, says the company "never, ever intended" to violate air-quality standards and now has new management and a new team focused on compliance.

Nord says the plant is currently in compliance with the district.

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