AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas attorney general's office says Gulf Chemical and Metallurgical Corporation has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle an environmental investigation.
Attorney General Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the penalty is the third largest ever made under the Texas Clean Air Act.
In a statement, Abbott's office said Gulf Chemical's Freeport manufacturing facility failed to comply with the state's environmental regulations. Investigators from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality had found in 2011 that the facility unlawfully emitted air pollutants such as ammonia, nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide and airborne metals.
Investigators also found the company discharged wastewater that contained hazardous metals, including arsenic, cobalt and nickel.
Under the agreement, Gulf Chemical also agreed to begin monitoring the facilities release of toxic metals and other pollutants.
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