Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer, AA Sulfuric Inc., and White Springs Agricultural Chemicals Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Nutrien Ltd.
Penalty: 
$51,300,000
Year: 
2014
Date: 
November 6, 2014
Offense Group: 
environment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

In a settlement with the United States, three subsidiaries of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS), the worlds largest fertilizer producer, will take steps to reduce harmful air emissions at eight U.S. production plants. The settlement resolved claims that these PCS subsidiaries violated the Clean Air Act when they modified facilities in ways that released excess sulfur dioxide into surrounding communities. The settlement required PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer, AA Sulfuric Inc., and White Springs Agricultural Chemicals Inc. to install, upgrade and operate state-of-the-art pollution reduction measures, as well as install emissions monitors at eight sulfuric acid plants across facilities in Geismar, Louisiana (one plant), White Springs, Florida (four plants), and Aurora, North Carolina (three plants). The three companies were required to spend an estimated $50 million on these measures and pay a $1.3 million civil penalty.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Environmental Protection Agency referral to the Justice Department
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
Canada
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
chemicals
Specific Industry of Parent: 
fertilizers
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Parent company note: 
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