West Virginia metals recycler is investing in technology,
initiating employee safeguards and paying a $100,000 fine to
resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from an
explosion in 2010 that killed three people.
Workers at titanium
and zirconium recycler AL Solutions Inc. were handling titanium
powder at the companys New Cumberland, W.Va., facility
when the explosion and fire occurred (
amm.com, Dec. 13, 2010). It is suspected that an
accidental release of a chemical caused the fatal blast.
The proposed consent
decree, which is awaiting final court approval following a
30-day comment period, will resolve alleged Clean Air Act
violations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Cumberland-based company is spending an estimated $7.8 million
toward the improvements, with significant portions of the work
already completed, according to the EPA.
and infrared cameras are being installed to assess hazardous
chemical storage areas, which will protect against potential
fires and explosions. The company will also process or dispose
of 10,000 drums of titanium and zirconium, weighing 2.4 million
pounds, that are being stored at facilities in New Cumberland
and Weirton, W.Va., by December 2014 to further mitigate any
risk of fire.
The company will pay a
$100,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Air Act
violations that were documented during EPA inspections at the
New Cumberland and Washington, Mo., facilities following the
explosion. No actions were taken against its Burgettstown, Pa.,
In a related action,
the recycler agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Labor $97,000
to resolve alleged violations of the Occupational Safety and
Health Act. The company had contested the original fine, which
was $154,000 (
amm.com, June 11, 2011).