EPA fines San Bernardino County's Molycorp $27,300

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Updated: 4/22 9:23 pm

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Colorado-based mining company has been fined by the federal government over the mishandling of hazardous waste at its San Bernardino County mine and mineral processing facility.

The San Bernardino Sun newspaper says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday ordered Molycorp Minerals to pay a $27,300 penalty.

The Mountain Pass site separates rare earth materials from each other and the low value soils where they are found.

The EPA says in 2012 inspectors determined that leaked or spilled materials containing lead and iron were present in storm water on the site. Several containers of the lead and iron substance were improperly closed or labeled.

Molycorp spokesman Jim Sims says the company no longer uses the same processing procedures that led to the fine.

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