Global aluminum recycler Hydro is working to address concerns raised by the Oregon Department of Environment Quality (ODEQ) about its remelt facility after the latter issued a $1.2mn fine last week—the largest air quality penalty ever issued by the department.
The fine pertains to multiple air quality permit violations at Hydro’s aluminum recycling facilities in The Dalles. In response, Hydro is internally studying each of ODEQ’s concerns, and will continue working with the department to meet all its obligations, the company said.
ODEQ estimates the facility benefited to the tune of $1mn by skirting the cost of installing and maintaining pollution control equipment, which comprises the majority of the fine. However, the department said it would negotiate a lesser fine if Hydro installs the equipment within a period of time.