WATERFORD, N.Y. (AP) - General Electric Co. has agreed to pay a $2.25 million penalty for releasing unsafe levels of air pollution from a hazardous waste incinerator in upstate New York and submitting false pollution control records.

WATERFORD, N.Y. (AP) General Electric Co. has agreed to pay a $2.25 million penalty for releasing unsafe levels of air pollution from a hazardous waste incinerator in upstate New York and submitting false pollution control records.

The U.S. Justice Department announced the settlement Wednesday for violations at GE's former silicone plant in Waterford, 10 miles north of Albany.

The Justice Department says GE employees manually overrode the plant's automatic waste feed cut-off system nearly 1,900 times between 2006 and 2007. The override allowed GE to continue to burn hazardous waste in violation of its air pollution permits.

The plant is now owned and operated by Momentive Performance Materials.

GE didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.