LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says a company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a chemical in Henderson.
The agency said Wednesday that the fine against Titanium Metals Corporation, or TIMET, is the largest ever imposed at a single facility for violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act. The Pennsylvania-based company must also investigate and clean up the site.
TIMET officials didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
Government officials say they discovered in the mid-2000s that TIMET had been illegally producing polychlorinated biphenyl as a byproduct of its titanium manufacturing, and had disposed of the contaminated waste in a trench at its plant in the Black Mountain Industrial Complex.
The byproduct has been shown to cause cancer.