In case you missed the news, Pilkington North America — which operates a glass plant in Lathrop — must pay more than $207,723 as a result of a settlement with state regulators.
According to court documents, Pilkington disposed of “hazardous and extremely hazardous waste” on the floors of the plant, including acid spills in a battery recharging area, selenium powder in an area where raw materials are placed into a furnace to make glass, and used oil throughout the facility.
The selenium powder was found in an area where employees walk, and therefore could have been tracked and emitted into the air around the plant, or discharged into the Delta through stormwater runoff, the state alleged.
Pilkington also placed “spent selenium” into the garbage for disposal at a landfill, despite the fact that it is considered an “extremely hazardous waste,” the state said.
There were 15 causes of action altogether; read the state’s complaint. A settlement was approved earlier this month.
Pilkington released a statement Tuesday, which reads in part: “PNA has been located in Lathrop, California for over 50 years and takes its environmental, health and safety responsibilities very seriously. The company is committed to continue working cooperatively with (the state Department of Toxic Substances Control) to ensure compliance with applicable environmental, health, and safety requirements.”