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Shell fined $1 million for alleged PR pollution

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is fining a Shell facility in Puerto Rico more than $1 million for allegedly contaminating surrounding waters.

The agency says Shell Chemical Yabucoa Inc. discharged excess waste into Santiago Creek and the Caribbean Sea. It says Shell agreed to pay the fine and spend $274,000 on repairing equipment and monitoring waste discharge.

The EPA also ordered Shell to build a 1.3 million-gallon (5 million-liter) facility to store contaminated storm water if it restarts petrochemical activities. It shut those down in July.

Shell officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC bought the facility from Puerto Rico Sun Oil in 2001.

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