U.S. Magnesium agrees to cleanup plan after acid spill

Feb 24, 2014 | 04:28 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  U.S. Magnesium, acid spill, Cameron Tissington, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, hydrochloric acid, spill, Cercla Superfund

CHICAGO — U.S. Magnesium LLC spilled hydrochloric acid on public land permitted for cattle grazing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Salt Lake City-based primary magnesium producer reported a "release" of 8,000 pounds of liquid acid waste into an unlined retention pond, some of which spilled onto nearby property owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the EPA said in a Feb. 21 press release.

U.S. Magnesium is voluntarily cooperating with the EPA and will restrict access to the area affected by the spill and comply with a cleanup plan, company vice president of sales Cameron Tissington said in a Feb. 24 e-mail to AMM. He stressed that the spill was less than 1,000 gallons of "very weak" hydrochloric acid.....

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