Supreme Court to re-consider R.I. mercury storing fine

Posted 11/28/11

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court will consider Southern Union Co.’s appeal of the $18 million fine for illegally storing mercury at a building in Pawtucket, according to the Associated Press.

The justices said Monday they will hear the appeal of the criminal penalty imposed by a federal judge and upheld by an appeals court.

The natural gas company used a building in Pawtucket to store outdated mercury-sealed gas regulators that had been removed from customers’ homes.

Initially, the company hired an environmental services company to safely remove the mercury, Providence Business News reported in October 2008. But the system allegedly collapsed after the removal contract expired at the end of 2001. Gas company technicians continued to remove the regulators from customers’ homes, but the mercury-containing devices then were stored in a vacant building at the end of Tidewater Street – some in plastic kiddie pools, according to the original indictment in the case – and liquid mercury also was being stored on site.

PBN Hosted

Join PBN for the best networking event and party of the winter - January 15, 2015 - the Book of Lists Party at the Providence Public Library. Reserve your spot by December 31st and get a holiday gift from PBN!
  • Best Places to Work
    Enrollment is now open for the 7th annual Best Places to Work program. Winners w ...
  • Manufacturing Awards
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Awards. Dea ...
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
    Latest News