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Hopewell plant fined, improving pollution controls

Wednesday - 8/1/2012, 3:02am  ET

HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) - A Hopewell chemical plant has agreed to pay a $175,000 fine for alleged air pollution violations.

Under the agreement with federal officials, Hercules Inc. has also agreed to add $200,000 in pollution controls.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/Ol73hJ) reports that the plant did not adequately limit emissions of chemical pollutants and it had an inadequate system for detecting leaks.

The primary chemical was methanol, which can cause blurred vision, dizziness and other problems.

The Hopewell plant employs about 230 people.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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