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PRico battery recycling company to pay penalty

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the Battery Recycling Co. of Puerto Rico has agreed to pay a $112,500 penalty and reduce lead contamination at its facility.

The company recycles used car batteries and produces an estimated 60 tons (54 metric tons) of lead daily in the northern coastal town of Arecibo.

An EPA statement Thursday says the company will invest more than $3 million in facility upgrades and launch three environmental projects to benefit the town.

The company has agreed to finish building a system that will trap all lead dust. It will also wash all motor vehicles leaving the facility and pave roads around it, cleaning the roads up to twice a day.

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