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Siemens paying fine for waste and emergency plan violations

COLUMBUS siemens_logo— A contractor for the Steel Dynamics mill in Columbus is paying a $61,867 civil fine for environmental violations relating to hazardous waste and emergency readiness.

Siemens Industry Metal Technologies agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The unit of German industrial giant Siemens maintains steel casting equipment for Steel Dynamics.

A Nov. 24 order published by the department accuses Siemens of 16 total violations. It says Siemens improperly stored transported and stored used oil, as well as failing to inspect tanks and keep correct records. The department also says Siemens’ contingency plan was incomplete and hadn’t been shared with local emergency personnel.

General Manager Gary Woods signed the order Nov. 14, agreeing to waive hearing rights and pay the fine.

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