Plano, Texas (KETK) — An East Texas man plead guilty to day to the negligent release of a hazardous substance.
William "Bill" Lafon Musgrove, 57, of Quinlan, plead guilty to the releasing of the hazardous substance and placing another person in danger of death of serious bodily injury.
On June 21, 2013, the United States Attorney's Office for East Texas filed a charge charging Musgrove with the offense. Musgrove admitted that in June of 2011, as the vice president and operations manager of Industrial Precious Metals Recovery Incorporated, he allowed their metal recovery process to release approximately ten pounds of Nitrogen Oxides. Otherwise known as NOx, within in a 24 hour period of time into the air at ground level through an open doorway instead of utilizing the company's air scrubber which was broken at the time.
Musgrove admitted that she should have known that releasing NOx in that manner would place people in danger.
Fortunately there were no injuries.
Federal environmental regulations characterize Nitrogen Oxides as an "extremely hazardous substance." At the time, the IPMR facility in Royse City was adjacent to other commercial facilities with employees that were present during the NOx emissions.
The facility has since closed.
Musgrove faces up to one year in prison and $250,000 fine and a sentencing date has not yet been set.