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Scrap Facilities Fined for Ozone-Depleting Chemical Emissions

Jan. 7, 2022, 9:12 PM

A Texas-based metal recycling company will pay fines and mitigate climate-harming emissions according to a proposed consent decree announced Friday.

Derichebourg Recycling USA Inc. of Houston allegedly failed to remove or check for ozone-depleting refrigerants from appliances and car air-conditioners before disposing of them.

  • The refrigerant at issue in the settlement, called R-12, “is one of the most destructive ozone depleting substances and has a global warming potential greater than 10,000 times the power of carbon dioxide,” an EPA news release said.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice settlement would require the company to implement a management ...

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