- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - A Hancock County company is paying a $5,750 civil fine and giving $17,250 to the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District to buy a school bus.

Calgon Carbon Corp. agreed with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality that it would pay the $23,000 in penalties. That’s after the regulator found Calgon waited nearly 17 months to test for air pollution after starting two new smokestacks. Only six months is allowed.

Based near Pittsburgh, Calgon makes activated carbon used in water purification and other applications at its facility in the Port Bienville Industrial Park.

Under an agreement, the school district will use the money to buy a school bus with lower diesel emissions.

Nora Stockhausen, Calgon’s vice president of Americas operations, signed the order Jan. 9, agreeing to waive hearing rights.

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