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Bunge agrees to pay $13.9 million to settle federal pollution claims


St. Louis – Oilseed processor Bunge North America and three of its subsidiaries have agreed to pay $13.9 million in a pollution settlement with the federal government.

As part of the deal, the St. Louis-based unit of Bunge Limited will clean up emissions at eleven soybean-processing plants and one corn plant in eight states, eventually cutting more than 2,200 tons of emissions a year.

The settlement was outlined in a consent decree filed in federal court in Urbana, Ill.

It will be subject to public comment and court approval.

The government says Bunge or a subsidiary violated the federal Clean Air Act at some or all of the dozen plants, including Illinois ones in Cairo and Danville.

Bunge will spend $12 million on emission-curbing projects and pay a $625,000 cash penalty, which will be divided among the U.S. government and the eight states.