32-year-old Robert L. Bunch of Doe Run entered the plea on Friday to a charge of attempted manufacture of meth as a prior and persistent offender. Prosecutors will seek a 24-year prison term.
The nation’s biggest lead producer says it’s now abandoning plans to build a new plant in the eastern Missouri town of Herculaneum
Doe Run to pay $80,000 to state.
Attorney General Chris Koster says the agreement also outlines action to clean up and contain lead contamination
Production of primary lead at the smelter has been suspended for four to six weeks following a fire.
Electric transformer exploded around 4:30am, employees were evacuated.
Jury hearing Herculaneum, Mo. case awarded plaintiffs $38.5 million in compensatory damages on Thursday.
The plant would use new technology that Doe Run says would significantly reduce emissions.
The federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agency and state fire marshal office are investigating Saturday’s blast.
Work could take 18 months.