Va., Philip Morris agree to pollution caps

From NBC12 News

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says it has settled a lawsuit with Philip Morris USA and Virginia over pollution in the James River.

The environmental group says the company and the state have agreed to immediately reduce and cap the amount of phosphorous Philip Morris can release into the James from its tobacco processing plant in Chesterfield County.

Under the agreement, the nation's largest cigarette manufacturer will allow no more than 2,650 pounds of phosphorous annually to be discharged into the river. The settlement also reaffirms the company's existing limit of 139,724 pounds of nitrogen.

The foundation says the settlement helps to protect the river and the Chesapeake Bay.

Philip Morris says the agreement is evidence of its ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact.

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