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EPA levies $3M in fines in 2009 in Northwest

BOISE, Idaho. - Companies, state agencies and cities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington agreed to spend nearly $75 million to clean up or control pollution during fiscal year 2009, an increase of nearly $20 million from 2008.
     
Lauris Davies, the Environmental Protection Agency's deputy director of compliance and enforcement in Seattle, released figures Wednesday for the four states.
     
Companies and state agencies in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska paid just over $3 million in penalties.
     
The totals went down slightly when compared to the past two years. Total penalties were $3.1 million last year and $4.1 million in 2007.
     
The EPA said nationwide, companies violating environmental laws will spend more than $5 billion to reduce pollution, down from a record $11 billion last year. The companies paid $90.1 million in penalties.

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