NEW YORK Asarco
LLC has been fined $30,900 by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and will spend $115,714 to clean up its copper ore
processing facility, which was contaminated with improperly
stored toxic waste, the agency said.
In a 2011 inspection,
the EPA found that Tucson, Ariz.-based Asarco had been storing
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and waste at its Hayden,
Ariz., plant, as well as evidence of contamination in the
buildings equipment, according to documents filed Sept.
couldnt be reached for comment.
The company, a
subsidiary of Grupo Mexico SAB de CV, must dispose of the waste
per EPA rules and replace three contaminated transformers.
PCBs were banned in
1979 after they were found to cause cancer and other health
problems, according to the EPA.