Hercules Inc. fined $2M

By Associated Press 10:57am, July 9, 2013
A Wilmington-based company is being fined $2 million by federal environmental regulators
for toxic chemicals that leaked from a Superfund cleanup site near Pittsburgh.

A spokesperson for Hercules says they have worked with the EPA to fix the problem, but EPA officials say Hercules failed to report the releases in March, April and July of 2011.

The company says heavy rains and electrical outages led to the release of chemicals from waste site in Jefferson Hills, which led to the four-day shutdown of a nearby sewer plant and sent one worker to the hospital after inhaling harmful fumes.

Hercules is working to upgrade the site and has increased its monitoring of the system.

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