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Attorney General's News Release

January 22, 2010

Attorney General Koster says Missouri part of Clean Air Act lawsuit agreement

--consent decree will mean $100,000 for the state--

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster today said an agreement in a Clean Air Act violation lawsuit means Missouri will receive $100,000 in civil penalties.

According to Koster, Missouri joined the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and several other states in a national lawsuit against a glass-manufacturing company for violations of the Clean Air Act. The company, Saint-Gobain Containers, has agreed to a consent degree that was filed today in federal court. Under the decree, the company has agreed to install and operate additional controls for nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, and particulate matter, as well as new continuous emission monitoring systems at its glass manufacturing plants located throughout the country, including a facility in Pevely, Missouri.

"This agreement is an important step in ensuring a cleaner environment in Missouri," Koster said. "The goal of this Attorney General's office is not just to punish those who pollute, but to use the law to change the business practices of those who might pollute our environment."

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