U.S. Chemical Company Settles DOJ Suit

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) — The U.S. Justice Department has announced fines and penalties in a case concluded under the National Enforcement Initiative for Mining and Mineral Processing.

The department and the Environmental Protection Agency say CF Industries Inc. has agreed to spend about $12 million to reduce and properly manage hazardous wastes generated at its Plant City, Fla., phosphoric acid and ammoniated fertilizer manufacturing facility, an EPA release said Friday.

This is the first case concluded under EPA’s Mining and Mineral Processing enforcement initiative, the agency said.

“Mismanagement of hazardous waste from mining and mineral processing is a serious matter,” assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno said. “The companies targeted in the National Enforcement Initiative for Mining and Mineral Processing cannot proceed with business as usual.”

Between December 2004 and January 2005, inspectors from the EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection discovered CF Industries was treating, storing and disposing of hazardous wastes at the Florida facility without a permit and failing to meet land disposal restrictions.

The settlement resolves the company’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act violations and requires the company to pay a civil penalty of more than $700,000, the EPA said.

CF Industries also has agreed to guarantee $163.5 million to fund all closure and long-term care obligations after the facility’s useful life ends.

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