Honeywell to pay more than $500,000 for civil penalty

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - Honeywell International, Inc. will pay a civil penalty of $690,00 to resolve a lawsuit that alleged the company illegally stored thousands of drums containing radioactive and hazardous waste at its facility on Route 45 North near Metropolis.

Honeywell produces uranium hexafluoride and uses potassium hydroxide (KOH) in air pollution control devices during the manufacturing process.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's lawsuit alleged that KOH residue with both radioactive waste and hazardous waste was stored in thousands of drums at the facility.

Honeywell says there was no off-site disposal facility that would accept the waste and that it intended to reprocess the residue to extract any useable uranium. But, the company encountered problems with the equipment used to reprocess the hazardous material.

Honeywell will continue to reprocess the hazardous waste under terms of an interim agreement reached last year with Madigan's office.

The company has reprocessed 1,700 drums of hazardous waste since 2009 and will process approximately 1,000 of the drums per year until the processing is complete or by the end of 2016 whichever occurs first with a new system in place.

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