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Fertilizer Plant

Las Cruces, NM: (Nov-14-07) The New Mexico Environment Department brought charges against Helena Chemical Co. for the third time since 2006, alleging that the company had several violations of its air quality permit at its fertilizer plant in Mesquite. The state of New Mexico issued a notice of 15 violations, two of them major, including failure to enclose emission units, lax record keeping, and failure to control dust emissions. Sources claim that the company carries a possible penalty of $15,000 for each day the violation occurred. The company received a letter outlining possible penalties for the violations.

In 2006, Helena paid a $200,000 settlement for alleged air quality violations. Earlier in 2007, the company paid a $30,000 settlement for apparent groundwater violations. In the recent case, the company will get 30 days to inform the state of corrective actions the plant has taken or to provide information that refutes the environment department's findings. [LAS CRUCES SUN NEWS: AIR QUALITY]

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Published on Nov-15-07


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