Air Products plant fined $1.5M

August 26, 2010 8:22:59 AM PDT
A company that operates a chemical manufacturing facility in the Houston area has agreed to pay nearly $1.5 million in civil penalties over 2006 hazardous waste violations. The Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the state on Thursday announced the proposed settlement with Air Products LLC over its Pasadena facility. The proposal is subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by a federal court in Houston.

Authorities say the settlement would resolve violations in wrongly transferring spent acid to the nearby Agrifos Fertilizer Inc. manufacturing plant. Air Products has agreed to continue to manage the spent acid on-site and not ship it to Agrifos or any other facility not authorized to accept it.