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Carthage company agrees to pay $580K civil penalty

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency says a southwest Missouri business that disposes of explosives waste has agreed to pay $580,135 to settle alleged violations.

The EBV Explosives Environmental Company informed the agency last year that emission rates of the hazardous pollutant hydrogen chloride were above permitted levels at its Joplin-area facility. The company does business as General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems - Munitions Services.

The EPA said Wednesday that alleged violations at the facility included exceeding emission limits for several types of toxins and operating a type of incinerator called a thermal treatment unit without a valid permit.

The company installed new equipment that has brought the facility into compliance. It also agreed to monthly compliance monitoring.

The company didn't immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.