The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Local News

September 13, 2013

Probation, fine ordered in hazardous substances case

PLANO — A Quinlan man was placed on probation and fined Thursday for releasing a hazardous substance into the air around Royse City, threatening the lives of others.

William “Bill” Lafon Musgrove, 57, pleaded guilty last month to one count of negligent release of an extremely hazardous substance. Musgrove was sentenced to 36 months of probation during a hearing Thursday in the Plano courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Judge Don D. Bush. Musgrove was also fined $10,000.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas filed an information charge June 23 charging Musgrove with the offense. Musgrove admitted that in June 2011, as the vice president and operations manager of Industrial Precious Metals Recovery Incorporated (IPMR), in Royse City, he allowed the company’s metal recovery process to release approximately ten pounds of Nitrogen Oxides, or “NOx” within a 24 hour time period into the ambient 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 he should have known that releasing NOx in that manner would place people in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury. No actual injuries occurred.

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 was facing a maximum sentence of up to one year in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads

See more photos and purchase prints here.


Does Dallas head coach Jason Garrett need for the Cowboys to make the playoffs during the 2014 football season to keep his job?

Who knows with Jerry Jones as owner?
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Reader's Choice