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BOSTON -- A Fall River textile company has agreed to pay a
$480,000 federal fine after the Environmental Protection Agency found
three of the company's plants illegally dumped polluted wastewater
into the city's sewer system.
Duro Textiles makes camouflage and high-performance sports fabrics
in a process that produces large amounts of highly acidic and highly
alkaline wastewater, according to the New England office of the EPA.
The EPA alleged that three of Duro's plants repeatedly violated
legal limits on the acidic and alkaline wastewater discharged into
the Fall River sewer system. Such wastewater is corrosive and can
damage sewer piping and water treatment plant equipment.
The agency also accused Duro of failing to routinely inspect
potential sources of stormwater contamination, such as outdoor fuel
tanks, and failed to keep an incinerator temperature high enough to
sufficiently destroy certain emissions that cause ground level ozone,
a serious air problem in New England.
The EPA said the company agreed to the $480,000 fine, has made
changes to comply with federal pollution laws, and also agreed to
further penalties if it commits future violations.
In a statement, the company said, "Duro Textiles has always taken
its responsibility to the environment seriously, and this agreement
underscores this commitment. Duro has already completed the action
required by EPA, and Duro will continue to meet state and federal
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