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Alabama pipemaker McWane in $13M pact with EPA

July 15, 2010

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Cast iron pipe manufacturer McWane Inc. has agreed to pay $4 million in civil penalties and spend $9.1 million to protect communities near its plants in 14 states in a settlement with federal environmental regulators.

The Environmental Protection Agency said the settlement with Alabama's McWane resolves more than 400 violations of air and water quality standards at 28 plants. The EPA statement Wednesday said McWane already has spent more than $7.6 million on corrective measures.

The company previously paid more than $25 million in criminal fines and penalties for environmental violations.

In Birmingham, McWane President Ruffner Page Jr. said the settlement marks the beginning of the final chapter in its effort to be in full compliance with environmental standards.