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Monroe County mining firm paying $50,000 environmental fine

ABERDEEN — An Aberdeen company that mines and processed bentonite is paying a $50,000 fine for failing to keep accurate records and test smokestack emissions.

S&B Industrial Minerals North America, part of a company based in Luxembourg, agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

A March 10 order from the department says S&B didn’t keep required daily and yearly logs stating the amount of bentonite it mined. The order also says the company failed to submit required smokestack tests for fine dust particles every two years. The company says it fixed the problems late last year.

Bentonite is used in foundry molds and for other purposes.

Robert Steele, executive vice president of S&B’s North American unit, signed the order on Feb. 3, agreeing to waive hearing rights.



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