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10/26/2015 3:15 PM
By Associated Press

Barton Solvents to pay $1M EPA settlement, change processes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A company that mixes and transports chemicals for customers in the printing, coating, and cleaning industries has agreed to pay the Environmental Protection Agency $1.1 million to settle environmental violations and ensure safety at six plants in Iowa, Kansas and Wisconsin.

The EPA said Monday Barton Solvents also agrees to make changes in blending and packaging processes to meet safety and environmental regulations.

The EPA says Clean Air Act violations caused explosions and fires at Barton plants in Valley Center, Kansas and Des Moines, Iowa in 2007. Company facilities and nearby businesses were damaged.

EPA says it found widespread violations of hazardous waste storage and spill prevention regulations.

Barton also has Iowa facilities in Council Bluffs and Bettendorf, a plant in Kansas City, Kansas and one in West Bend, Wisconsin.


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