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Copper mining company fined over emission reporting errors

Published by MAC on 2004-12-23

Copper mining company fined over emission reporting errors

December 23, 2004

Associated Press

Tucson, Ariz - Asarco mining has been fined 80-thousand dollars for errors it made in reporting emissions at its copper smelter in Hayden.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the company failed to accurately report levels of manganese released in 1998 and 1999.

EPA also fined Asarco for chromium, nickel compounds, cadmium compounds and lead compounds released in 1998.

An EPA spokeswoman says the fine stems not from the amounts released, but for a failure to submit complete and correct information.

Asarco has since corrected the information on its reports.

The Phoenix-based company is a copper-mining subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, which bought the company in 1999.

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