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