A producer of industrial gas in West Virginia has reached a settlement of $1.9 million in response to allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act. The company was accused of dumping copper, aluminum, residual chlorine, iron, and phenolics into the Ohio River at levels exceeding the permitted amount, according to federal regulators. This announcement was made on Friday.

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A West Virginia gas plant has agreed to settle a Clean Water Act violation case for nearly $2 million.

Messer LLC, based in West Virginia, is responsible for producing liquid nitrogen, oxygen, argon, krypton, and xenon at its facility in New Cumberland.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that the facility violated its pollution discharge permit on at least 186 occasions since 2016. When Messer acquired the facility in 2019, it assumed responsibility for the violations, according to the EPA.

In addition to the civil penalty for surpassing the discharge permits, which will be equally distributed between the state and federal governments, Messer has also agreed to construct a new treatment system and conduct more thorough inspections of stormwater discharges, as stated in the announcement.

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