WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A petroleum refinery and underground
storage facility in McPherson County has agreed to pay $700,000 in
penalties to settle violations of federal and state laws.
Under a consent decree filed Monday in federal court in Kansas
City, The National Cooperative Refinery Association agreed to pay
$475,000 to the United States and $225,000 to the state. It also
agreed to spend about $475,000 on environmental projects such as
the purchase of emergency response equipment and services for
agencies in McPherson County.
The government alleged National Cooperative Refinery Association
polluted the air, failed to implement a risk management plan and
didn't submit timely and accurate reports to regulatory agencies.
The deal is subject to a 30-day public comment period and court
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