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Honeywell International pleaded guilty in federal court March 11 to knowingly storing hazardous waste without a permit at its southern Illinois facility, a felony. Toxic uranium byproducts were held in 55-gallon metal drums. Workers said the radioactive, corrosive slurry started eating through the walls of the drums within months.
The company paid an $11.8 million fine and will be on probation for five years. No managers were charged.
The fine stemmed from Honeywell’s decision to stack up 7,500 barrels of toxic byproduct from the conversion process around the plant, roughly the size of a football field. The facility is near the Ohio River, which workers feared could become contaminated if toxins leaked.
Originally posted by notsofunnyguy
Meh, that's nothing.
Perhaps you've heard of this little vacation hotspot called Japan? It's been getting glowing reviews lately!
Originally posted by JibbyJedi
I feel so much better now that the fine will get rid of all that radiation contamination. It's like Global Warming, if we throw enough cash at the problem then it will vanish miraculously.
Imagine how many companies who also do this haven't been caught yet?