Augusta based chemical plant pays up

By Katherine Kington - email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  An Augusta chemical company is paying $800,000 to resolve allegations of underreporting toxic releases from 2003 to 2006.

Allegations say the company misreported millions of pounds of toxic releases.

DMS Chemicals North America, Inc. is not admitting to any specific violations, however, the company will be taking on three "environmental improvement projects" and will reportedly invest $1.2 million in new pollution control equipment.

David Quester, the company president, said that by resolving the issue it will also allow DMS to restart a portion of the plant that was halted last year.

The projects will include adding 80 more employees to the staff.

During the 2009 downsize, the company laid off 220 positions.

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