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Pittsburg Fines USS-POSCO Industries in Lead Dust Storage Case

Steel News - Published on Fri, 24 Jan 2020

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Pittsburg’s Department of Toxic Substances announced sthat USS-POSCO Industries will pay D 825,000 for mismanaging hazardous waste and illegally storing lead dust in a dilapidated building, which resulted in the release of harmful materials outside the building, as per a fine approved in December. The state agency claims USS-POSCO Industries allowed lead and zinc contaminated dust and debris to accumulate in a run-down storage area and to be dispersed by wind and rain into the environment. The company also failed to use waste containers, labels, inspections, and other forms of proper waste management.

The state's inspection in 2017 apparently uncovered a run-down, walled-off portion of the building where lead and zinc contaminated dust and debris collected on the floor and were dispersed through the air and into the outdoors. Inside, state inspectors noted broken windows, open ceilings, and bird feathers and droppings. DTSC took samples from the soil immediately surrounding the building that apparently showed hazardous levels of lead and zinc, indicating that contaminated dust from the building entered the environment.

US Steel and POSCO JV produces cold-rolled steel sheet, galvanized steel and tin mill products used in manufacturing motor vehicles, home appliances and other goods. The Pittsburg plant employs about 700 people.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 24 Jan 2020
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