Honeywell Faces OSHA Fines After Toxic Vapor Release

Law360, New York (June 23, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT) -- Federal workplace safety regulators on Wednesday proposed hitting Honeywell International Inc. with $119,000 in fines for 17 serious safety violations following a release of toxic hydrogen fluoride vapor at its Metropolis, Ill., chemical plant.

The proposed fines come just months after Honeywell agreed to pay an $11.8 million criminal fine for illegally storing hazardous waste at the Metropolis plant, which processes raw uranium into uranium hexafluoride to be used in nuclear power generation.

Though no one was injured during the toxic vapor release on Dec. 22,...
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