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EPA Orders Plant City Firm to Spend $12M to Clean Up Its Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Dept. today announced that CF Industries, Inc. has agreed to spend approximately $12 million to reduce and properly manage hazardous wastes generated at its Plant City, Fla. phosphoric acid and ammoniated fertilizer manufacturing facility. The settlement resolves CF Industries' Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations and requires the company to pay a civil penalty of more than $700,000 and provide $163.5 million in financial assurances to guarantee appropriate closure and long-term care of the closed facility. This is the first case concluded under EPA's National Enforcement Initiative for Mining and Mineral Processing.

"Wastes from mineral processing and associated fertilizer production can pose a serious risk to our nation's drinking water and the health of families," said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance....

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