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Bunge North America Inc.

St. Louis, MO: The US Department of Justice and the federal Environmental Protection Agency filed charges against the oilseed processing company regarding pollution emissions. The case involved 12 soybean processing plants and corn mills in eight states throughout the US. The lawsuit claimed Bunge violated the Clean Air Act by constructing major modifications that increased emissions without obtaining preconstruction permits and without complying with applicable standards of performance for new air pollution sources. Bunge must implement engineering approaches and pollution control projects, estimated to cost $12 million, to reduce emissions at the facilities by 2,200 tons a year. The settlement also calls for Bunge to pay a cash penalty of $625,000 and to spend $1.25 million to fund community-based environmental projects selected by and to be supervised by the impacted states. (Oct-26-06) [ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL: BUNGE SETTLEMENT]

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Published on Oct-30-06


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