DuPont to pay $500,000 for water quality violations

DuPont reached a settlement with Delaware and the EPA for numerous violations at its Edge Moor plant site.

The Delaware-based company will pay a $500,000 penalty for pollution that was discharged into the Delaware River from 2005 to 2011.  The company’s Edge Moor site, where the violations occurred, produces white pigment from titanium that is used in the print and publishing industries.  Some of the chemicals dumped in the river include hydrogen chloride, titanium tetrachloride and iron chloride.  

“We must be ever vigilant in protecting the Delaware River,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara.  “Through this consent order, DuPont has committed to addressing past discharges while taking steps to meet future challenges in an effort to ensure that the river’s water quality continues to improve.”

As part of the consent order, DuPont has agreed to undergo an environmental compliance assessment and develop a plan to reduce the risk of future waste water violations at Edge Moor.  

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