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Bunge settles EPA soybean processing emission complaint

Agriculture.com Staff 10/26/2006 @ 1:55pm

Bunge North America announced today it has agreed to settle a complaint with the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency concerning emissions at 12 U.S. soybean processing plants and corn mills. The facilities are located in eight states that also participated in the settlement.

In the agreement, which is contained in a Consent Decree filed today by the Department of Justice, Bunge agreed to implement a comprehensive plan to reduce emissions at its facilities by 2,200 tons per year. The settlement also requires Bunge to pay a cash penalty of $625,000 and to spend $1.25 million to fund community-based environmental projects in the impacted states.

The $1.25 million will be spent on community projects that will bring additional environmental benefits to the eight states involved in the settlement. The projects include retrofitting diesel vehicles in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Ohio; providing hazardous materials response equipment and training in Illinois and Mississippi; abatement of residential lead contamination in Illinois; and removal of mercury, lead or asbestos from schools in Louisiana.

The settlement is related to the soybean processing plants in Decatur, Alabama; Cairo and Danville, Illinois; Decatur and Morristown, Indiana; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Emporia, Kansas; Marks, Mississippi; and Delphos and Marion, Ohio. The settlement is also related to the corn milling operation in Danville, Illinois.

Bunge North America announced today it has agreed to settle a complaint with the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency concerning emissions at 12 U.S. soybean processing plants and corn mills. The facilities are located in eight states that also participated in the settlement.

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