Koch refinery hit with fines

The US Department of Justice said Koch Industries Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to environmental charges in Minnesota federal court and pay $8 million in fines.Koch Petroleum Group will pay a $6 million criminal fine to the federal government and $2 million to the Dakota County Park System. Justice said the penalty is the largest federal environmental fine ever imposed in a Minnesota case.Koch admitted negligence in failing to remedy a 200,000-600,000 gal leak of aviation fuel from one of the tanks at its Rosemount, Minn., refinery during 1992-97.DOJ said the company knew of the leak as early as February 1992 but used temporary methods to recover some of the fuel and did not develop a c...

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