US glass container manufacturer Owens-Brockway Glass Container is to install pollution control equipment and pay a $1.45 million fine for alleged violations of an environmental act.

The equipment will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter (PM) by nearly 2,500 tonnes per year.

The alleged violations of the Clean Air Act took place at five of the company’s manufacturing plants.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles said: "The pollution controls required by today’s settlement will reduce emissions that can impact residents’ health and local environment in communities located near glass manufacturing plants.”

The pollution controls required as part of the settlement to reduce NOx, SO2, and PM will costA an estimated $37.5 million.

The facilities covered by the settlement are located in Atlanta, Ga.; Clarion, Penn.; Crenshaw, Penn.; Muskogee, Okla.; and Waco, Texas.