Intel gets air quality permit after hefty fluoride fines

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit to the Hillsboro manufacturing plant after fluoride leak allegations.

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Oregon regulators granted Intel an air quality permit for its Washington County manufacturing operations last week, a permit sidetracked in the fall of 2013 over revelations the chipmaker had been emitting fluoride for 25 years without disclosing it.

No evidence emerged that the fluoride emissions posed a health risk, but Intel’s failure to disclose the fluoride emissions worried neighbors and outraged environmentalists. Intel apologized for the problem and spent months negotiating with regulators and neighbors to win a new permit.

The company ultimately paid a $143,000 fine and reached a settlement with environmental groups that had threatened to sue.

(READ MORE: Oregon Live)

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