Manufacturing Process that Generated PCBs as a Byproduct Results in Record Penalty
In May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that a metals company will pay a $13.75 million civil penalty. It is the largest civil penalty ever imposed for violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) at a single facility.
According to the EPA release, “…one of the world’s largest producers of titanium parts for jet engines and other industrial applications, has agreed to perform an extensive investigation and cleanup of potential contamination stemming primarily from the unauthorized manufacture and disposal of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) at its manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada.”
The facility has been operating since the 1950’s and is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. Included in the government’s complaint, it alleges that the company violated TSCA by manufacturing PCBs without authorization, and by illegally disposing of PCBs. EPA inspectors found that the company’s titanium manufacturing process generated PCBs as a byproduct that was disposed of with magnesium chloride dust, in violation of TSCA. The company also violated TSCA by disposing of the PCB contaminated dust in its solid waste landfill and a trench outside of the plant’s magnesium recovery building.
One company with extensive experience in analyzing samples for PCBs is EMSL Analytical, Inc. “PCBs are man-made chemicals that persist in the environment and can bioaccumulate in living organisms,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL’s NELAC Accredited Environmental Chemistry Laboratory offers testing services to identify the presence of PCBs from environmental samples. This testing can help protect workers, the public and the environment from these hazardous chemicals.”
EMSL has also released an online video about PCB testing services that can be seen at:
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality, consumer product and materials testing services and products for professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.
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