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Copper Company Fined Over Arizona Smelter Air Pollution

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Federal authorities say a copper-producing company has been fined $33,000 for failing to comply with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency settlement over dust pollution at an Arizona smelter.

EPA officials say ASARCO was penalized for non-compliance with a 2015 settlement for violations of the federal Clean Air Act.

The dust plan is designed to address the release of lead, coarse dust and other hazardous air pollutants at ASARCO’s copper smelter in Hayden.

EPA officials say controlling fugitive dust is critical to minimizing hazardous air pollutants in the communities of Hayden and Winkelman.

They say wind-blown dust from the smelter has been found to contain lead and other hazardous pollutants.

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