Utah settles with US Magnesium over years of environmental violations

U.S. Magnesium, located on the shores of the Great Salt Lake in Tooele County, has been accused of being a major contributor to Utah’s air pollution.

A company branded by environmental groups as a major Utah polluter has settled eight years worth of violations and lawsuits with the state of Utah.

US.Magnesium agreed to a $430,900 settlement with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality for dozens of violations stretching back to 2015, including five pollution violations where the company was accused of exceeding emissions limits. The settlement, approved Tuesday by the Utah Air Quality Board, came over the objections of two members who felt the amount agreed upon was too light.

“This should be a deterrent. I don’t think this is even close to a deterrent,” said board member Kevin Cromar. “If they knew at outset this would be the settlement amount? They’d make this decision 100 times out of 100 and do the same thing.”

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