Kent State settles air pollution complaint

KENT, Ohio (AP) - Kent State University has resolved an air-pollution complaint by agreeing to pay a $50,000 fine and to set aside 39 acres of land as part of a $499,200 wetland protection project.
"We are very pleased that the university has greed to this project," U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator Thomas V. Skinner said in announcing the agreement last week.
The agreement resolved a complaint that Kent State's coal-fired heating plant had emitted too much ash and that the campus had operated boilers without a permit and had violated monitoring regulations.
The government can accept a polluter's voluntary settlement offer, such as the wetlands project, and reduce a fine if the project goes beyond EPA requirements.
The university has replaced the heating plant with a cleaner-burning gas-fired plant.
University officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday. A message was left for campus officials.
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