Regional
10:08 am
Thu October 1, 2009

Helena To Pay NM $208K

New Mexico – Helena Chemical Co. will pay $208,331 to the state of New Mexico to settle Environment Department allegations of 10 violations of Helena's air quality permit for a fertilizer plant at Mesquite.

The state Environment Department said Wednesday the agreement resolves violations listed in a compliance order issued against the Tennessee-based business in July 2008.

The agency says violations included not doing testing and monitoring to ensure air quality standards were met and failing to maintain records.

The Mesquite facility processes and distributes agricultural chemicals, including fertilizer.

State Environmental Protection Division Director Jim Norton says the state will continue to monitor the company.

The state says seven inspections between March and June 2007 uncovered violations of the Air Quality Control Act and regulations and Helena's 2005 air permit.

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