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DuPont agrees to $59K settlement over NC pollution

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KINSTON, N.C. -- Industrial giant DuPont has agreed to pay a $59,000 penalty for mercury discharges at a North Carolina plant.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the settlement relates to the company's polymer fiber manufacturing facility in Kinston.

The EPA says discharges at the plant exceeded permitted levels of mercury for eight months between September 2008 and March 2009.

A call to Delaware-based DuPont was not immediately returned.

Stan Meiburg is the EPA's acting regional administrator for the region of the U.S. that includes North Carolina.

Meiburg says the settlement underscores the importance of the federal permitting process in protecting the water supply from dangerous chemicals like mercury.

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