Imerys diatomite plant fined for polluting Californian waterway

By Laura Syrett
Published: Tuesday, 01 March 2016

The French company’s Lompoc mine and processing facility, which formerly belonged to World Minerals and is one of the world’s largest sources of diatomite, has been ordered to pay $350,000 in civil penalties, implement environmental rectification measures and submit to regular inspections after it allowed diatomaceous earth slurry to leak into Miguelito Creek in Santa Barbara.

Imerys SA’s US diatomite production facility in Lompoc, California has been ordered to pay $350,000 in civil penalties for contaminating a local watercourse.

According to a report by the Lompoc Record, the Paris, France-headquartered company allowed effluent from the site, where Imerys mines and processes diatomite, to leak into San...

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