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Company agrees to pay $1.7 million in penalty fines

The Essroc Cement Company has been ordered to pay $1.7 million in penalty fines by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company will also have to invest approximately $33 million in pollution control technology to resolve the allegations of violating the Clean Air Act.

The settlement will assist in protecting Americans' health by reducing more than 7,000 tons of harmful nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide pollution each year, according to the Department of Justice.

"The EPA is committed to cutting illegal air pollution from the largest sources of emissions," Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's office of enforcement and compliance assurance, told UPI. "The pollution controls required by today's settlement will reduce harmful air pollutants, protecting communities across the nation."

Bringing Essroc into compliance with the Clean Air Act can potentially lead to better air quality and reduce associated health problems. Medical-grade air purifiers can also assist in reducing exposure to harmful toxins.

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