- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County air-quality regulators say a solar plant’s operator has agreed to pay a $1.5 million fine and upgrade the facility to resolve violations of air quality rules and regulations.

The county Air Quality Department says the agreement stems from citations issued to Arizona Solar One LLC from June 2014 to January 2016 for the Solana Generating Station in Gila Bend.

According to the department, the violations included failure to conduct required performance tests, removal of emissions control equipment without approval and allowing emissions above permitted limits.

Department Director Philip McNeely says the agreement is a positive step by the company to improve its operation and work with the county.

The department says uses for the settlement money will include research and community outreach.

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