Eli Lilly and Co. will pay a $337,500 penalty to settle a federal complaint accusing one of the drugmaker’s facilities of violating the United States Clean Air Act. A lawsuit filed by the federal government earlier this week described the company’s Lilly Technology Center in Indianapolis as a “major source” of pollution, meaning it emits 10 tons per year or more of any of the hazardous air pollutants listed by Congress or 25 tons per year or more of a combination of those pollutants. The complaint said emissions from vents at the center exceeded limits during a period between 2004 and 2007. Lilly discovered a problem in an air emissions computer model in 2006, immediately corrected it and then reported the problem, spokeswoman Carole Copeland said Friday. The company also made some changes to reduce emissions.
Lilly pays $337K penalty over pollution lawsuit, Associated Press, Feb. 25, 2011