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Kansas refinery to pay near $1 million for violating air pollution standards

The Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing (CRRM) has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $970,000, in addition to investing more than $4.25 million in new pollution controls and $6.5 million in operating costs to resolve alleged violations of air quality and pollution emissions, the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced earlier this month.

"This settlement puts CRRM on a level playing field with the more than 100 petroleum refineries that have agreed to implement aggressive pollution control measures, thereby reducing the threats posed by harmful emissions to area residents," said Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice.

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