Two Oregon-based companies will pay a total fine of $825,000 for improper handling of anhydrous magnesium chloride, a reactive hazardous waste.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Oregon Metallurgical and TDY Industries illegally shipped some 160-million lbs. of the explosive waste to Oregon landfills unequipped to manage the material. The facilities produce process titanium and zirconium, which generates anhydrous magnesium chloride as a byproduct.
The transportation, storage and disposal of the waste occurred over a period of several years in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
In a December 17, 2013 announcement, the EPA stated that the companies must also “improve hazardous waste management practices and upgrade recordkeeping on the hazardous wastes generated at each facility to ensure proper management and avoid potential accidents and injuries.”
Both companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Allegheny Technologies Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh.