U.S. signs pact with Virgin Islands agency to curb pollution

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The water and power authority in the U.S. Virgin Islands has signed an agreement with federal agencies to slash the amount of air pollution from two plants.

The settlement was announced Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department.

They say it resolves numerous violations of the Clean Air Act by the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority at its Krum Bay power plant on St. Thomas and its Cruz Bay facility on St. John.

Federal officials say the Virgin Islands authority will spend roughly $12.2 million to comply with the pact and will also pay $1.3 million in penalties.

EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck says the settlement will "drastically reduce the amount of air pollution in the Virgin Islands."

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