TUCSON, Ariz. -- Beryllium manufacturer Brush
Wellman Inc. has been fined for using a clothes dryer that released
toxic dust into the air outside a plant.
The Cleveland-based company said Monday it had agreed to pay a
$145,000 fine for violating air quality regulations at its Tucson
An inspection last September found a clothes dryer used to
launder worker uniforms tainted with toxic beryllium dust was being
vented into the air outside the plant.
Beryllium disease, an incurable and often fatal ailment that has
been linked to cancer, is the result of inhaling beryllium dust or
fumes. It causes breathing to grow increasingly difficult as the
metal eats away lung tissue.
Company officials said the venting was an administrative error
and posed no risk to the public.