Cemex ordered to pay fine for hazardous spill, US

Cemex ordered to pay fine for hazardous spill, US
Published: 20 September 2009

Cemex agreed to pay a $25,000 for failing to report a 900-gallon fuel spill at the company’s Davenport plant last August, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The case, which settled this summer and announced on Friday, involved an accidental spill of approximately 900 gallons of diesel fuel into the ground. The spill was discovered six days later by an inspector from the county Environmental Health Services during a routine compliance inspection, according to the D.A.’s Office.

Cemex worked with the county to clean up the site and take the appropriate steps to mitigate the environmental damage of the spill, but still faced punitive actions because the company did not report the unauthorized release of a hazardous material, according to the D.A.’s Office.

"The $25,000 penalty was an appropriate settlement in light of the facts involved and was consistent with similar types of violations throughout the state," prosecutor Laura Partch said in a prepared statement.