MILLVILLE - Durand Glass agreed Monday to pay the state and federal governments $300,000 for violating air pollution control standards at its manufacturing plant here, government officials said.

The agreement came as part of a consent decree filed in U.S. District Court on Monday.

As part of that filing, the state Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleged that the French-owned plant on Wade Boulevard violated New Jersey and federal air quality standards.

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Durand makes no admission of a violation in the filing. The company must still pay $150,000 in civil penalties to both the state and federal governments.

State Division of Law Director Christopher S. Porrino said in a statement that the case stemmed from an effort by DEP and EPA to have Durand meet more stringent emission standards for nitrogen oxides and particulate emissions from one of its furnaces. Durand has already taken appropriate pollution control measures, he said.

In June, officials with ARC International, Durand's parent company, unveiled $40 million worth of upgrades at their plant here. They said those improvements included a new environmental system that company officials said would make the facility the cleanest-operating glass plant in the world. The system removes substances such as sulfur dioxide from its emissions system.

"I commend Durand Glass for working with the state to resolve these issues by proactively installing the emissions control equipment in advance of signing the settlement agreement," DEP Commission Robert Martin said in a statement. "By taking these steps, the company is improving air quality in the Millville area, at the same time protecting jobs that are important to the region's economy."

The Durand plant here employs about 1,100 workers. Company officials said the plant melts as much as 350 tons of glass a day to produce as much as 1 million pieces of glass - including beer mugs, plates, bowls, tumblers and jar candle holders - each day.

Company officials could not be reached for comment.,

New Jersey and federal officials said in a joint statement that environmental agencies will now monitor the plant's nitrogen oxide emissions. That will be done through annual stack emission tests, they said.

The filing of Monday's consent agreement resolves all the non-compliance allegations lodged against Durand, they said.

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