- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - A Houston, Texas-based company has agreed to pay a $59,000 penalty as part of a settlement over alleged clean air and emergency planning violations at its facilities in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

Inhance Technologies LLC, formerly known as Fluoro-Seal International LP, will spend at least $180,000 on systems to recycle hazardous hydrogen fluoride gas.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspected the company’s Mount Pleasant, Iowa, facility in November 2010. Federal officials say the facility did not follow rules for using or storing certain types of hazardous or potentially hazardous chemicals beyond specified threshold amounts.

Federal officials say the company’s other facilities in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri also did not follow proper protocol for storing such chemicals.

Inhance Technologies now maintains quantities of anhydrous hydrogen fluoride below the regulatory threshold.

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