EPA Fines Asarco over Improper Handling of PCBs

Company also will spend more than $115,000 to clean up its facility in Hayden, Ariz.

September 23, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Asarco LLC $30,900 for using buildings contaminated with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and improper management of PCB waste. The EPA also announced that Asarco will spend $115,714 to reduce PCBs at its copper smelter in Hayden, Ariz.  

The violations stemmed from a 2011 inspection in which EPA inspectors found two buildings contaminated with PCBs that Asarco employees continued to use, a violation of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act.  

As part of the agreement, Asarco has agreed to replace three PCB transformers at the smelter, reducing future risk of exposure to workers and the environment.