Synthetic fiber manufacturer Invista will spend a half-billion dollars to fix environmental problems and pay a $1.7 million civil penalty, according to a statement from the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency.  The settlement is the largest ever under EPA’s audit policy. 

Invista self-reported close to 700 violations at a dozen plants which it acquired from DuPont. John Cruden acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, called the settlement, "a significant achievement" that will clean up the environment and save lives.

 Plants in Calhoun and Dalton will be involved in the remediation activity