Voestalpine, an iron processing plant is facing disciplinary action by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) after iron ore dust was found in and around the town of Portland.
More than 114 complaints were filed from May to October about that dust being discovered in homes, pools, and businesses. The TCEQ cited Voestalpine for failure to prevent the disturbance. During their investigation they also discovered the company was not in compliance with regulations for storing iron oxide pellets.
The plant is now facing federal lawsuits regarding the black dust in Portland, however company officials deny the material is a result of their plant's normal processes.
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