Hazardous discharges bring $2 million fine

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A company responsible for a Superfund cleanup site in Jefferson Hills will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a $2 million fine for failing to report three uncontrolled releases of hazardous materials in 2011.

According to the EPA, Hercules Inc. failed to alert the agency in March, April and July 2011 when substances bypassed the treatment system at the Resin Disposal Superfund Site.

The untreated substances went into the West Elizabeth Sanitary Authority treatment plant, resulting in the hospitalization of an employee there for inhaling harmful fumes, as well as a four-day plant shutdown.

The Superfund cleanup project began in June 1995 as a result of 85,000 tons of industrial waste disposed of by the Pennsylvania Industrial Chemical Corp. between 1949 and 1964.

The contaminants include benzene, toluene and naphthalene used in resin manufacturing.

Hercules Inc. acquired the disposal site in 1973 and agreed to the Superfund site project in 1992.

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