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GCMC agrees to pay $7.5M penalty

Keywords: Tags  Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical, GCMC, environmental settlement, Texas Clean Air Act, Greg Abbott, emissions, pollutants, Eramet Texas Commission on Environmental Quality


NEW YORK — Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Corp. (GCMC) will pay $7.5 million to the state of Texas to settle an environmental enforcement action launched in 2011 at its Freeport, Texas, facility.

The penalty is the third-largest recovery from a single facility in the history of the Texas Clean Air Act, according to state Attorney General Greg Abbott.

The settlement requires GCMC to institute real-time metals monitoring equipment at the Freeport facility, which produces molybdenum oxide, vanadium oxide, fused alumina and nickel-cobalt alloys.

The enforcement action originated with a referral from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, whose investigators found that the GCMC facility allegedly emitted air pollutants such as ammonia, nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide and various airborne metals and discharged wastewater that contained toxic and hazardous metals, including arsenic, cobalt and nickel.

A GCMC spokesman told AMM that the company had completed about 70 percent of actions required by the settlement and that it is "very happy" to have the matter concluded.

GCMC is a division of Paris-based Eramet SA.


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