EPA fines mining company for failing to control dust at Arizona copper smelter

Federal environmental regulators have fined the mining company Asarco for failing to do enough to control hazardous dust at its copper smelter in southeastern Arizona.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that Asarco paid $33,000 in penalties. The agency said the company hadn’t complied with a plan to control windblown dust containing lead and other harmful pollutants at its smelter in Hayden, about 95 miles east of Phoenix. Read more.

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