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Titanium parts manufacturer to pay record fine over toxic waste contamination

May 20, 2014
KEYWORDS PCBs / toxic waste
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<photocredit>TIMET specializes in manufacturing titanium-based parts for jet engines. (Photo credit: pablographix/iStockphoto/Thinkstock</photocredit>

Texas-based titanium parts manufacturer Titanium Metals Corporation (TIMET) is to pay a fine of $13.75 million for violating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by manufacturing and disposing of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) without authorization, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.

TIMET has agreed to settle the violations with the federal agency and will have to pay an extra $250,000 civil penalty for illegally disposing of toxic wastewater at its plant in Henderson, Nevada. The penalty is the largest ever imposed by the EPA on a single facility for breaches of the TSCA.

The company, which specializes in manufacturing titanium-based parts for jet engines, has agreed to carry out a detailed investigation into what may have caused the contamination and to clean up the affected area and waterways. This means that approximately 84,000 pounds of PCB waste will have to be removed from the environment in the vicinity of the facility each year. Moreover, the illegal disposal of up to 56 million pounds of hazardous waste will be prevented each year with the agreement, the EPA said.

TIMET is already working on mitigating the effect of its violations. So far, the company has invested about $6 million in site cleanup and investigation. It has also started implementing measures to ensure compliance with EPA regulation. Under the terms of the agreement, the manufacturer will have to biannually submit monitoring data to the federal agency for a period of three years.

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