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You are here: > News > May 12, 2005

DOJ Files Civil Action Against MagCorp for PCB Violations

Leading U.S. polluter, US Magnesium Corporation of Salt Lake City, has been on the EPA's list as the largest toxic air polluter in the country.  Though its emissions have improved, they are still significant.  Local inventor said he demonstrated the successful burning of some of their emissions for energy and clean-up, but they declined to integrate the technique.

    "We do not have an emissions problem." -- MagCorp Engineer, 1994.

    "Our emissions are mainly water." -- Tom Tripp, May 13, 2005.


by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
Copyright © 2005

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (May 12, 2005) - Today the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil action against
US Magnesium Corporation (MagCorp) of Salt Lake City for illegal manufacture, disposal and lack of cleaning PCB waste.

MagCorp is the only producer of primary magnesium in the United States, drawing from the Great Salt Lake.  They also manufacture liquid chlorine.

This is not the first time MagCorp has been charged.  For nearly 13 years, they topped the EPA's list as the largest toxic air polluter in the country.  In 1998, MagCorp emitted 57.7 million pounds of chlorine gas into the atmosphere.  By 2003, they had reduced that down to 2.9 million pounds. The waste-water ditches around USMC-SLC are contaminated with dioxin at levels as high as 170 parts per billion.  EPA action levels for clean-up begin at one part per billion. (ref)

According to today's filing, PCBs are toxic chemicals that are extremely stable and persistent in the environment.  They have been proven to cause liver damage, adverse skin effects, and changes in other biological functions, and are suspected of causing cancer in humans.  PCBs bioaccumulate in humans and other organisms.

When MagCorp propositioned the local government about locating their facilities in Utah in 1969, a deal was struck in which MagCorp was promised certain tax advantages and a set power rate of 2 cents per kilowatt hour of energy, in exchange for so many jobs brought into the economy.  The 30-year electricity contract expired in 1999, and, after several years of court disputes, was renewed at 2.514 cents per kW-h in Nov. 2004.  That amount is slightly lower than "cost of service" according to Public Service Commission docket number 03-035-19.  (ref)  A good rate for municipalities purchasing power at wholesale rates is 4 cents per kW-h.

Ira and Inga Rennert
Source: NY Social Diary
Oct. 26, 2004

Though MagCorp filed for bankruptcy on August 2, 2001, the principals do not seem to be hurting for cash.  According to KSL radio in Salt Lake City, company owner, Ira Rennert, recently bought an entire city block outside of New York City (Hampton) and built a multi a mansion worth tens of millions of dollars.

Late in 1994, Salt Lake City inventor, Paul Pantone took a sample of the emissions from MagCorp and demonstrated that he could burn it in his GEET engine.  He noted significant reduction in toxic emissions.  When he approached two MagCorp engineers about integrating this solution, they said to him, "You don't seem to understand.  We do not have an emissions problem."  When Pantone pointed out the extent of paint corrosion on the cars in their parking lot, again, they denied that the emissions from their plant were to blame.  Pantone has a phone conference appointment tomorrow morning with Tom Tripp, a manager at MagCorp, to present this proposal once again.

Pantone commented that when he first moved to Salt Lake City, he noticed that the bridges appeared as though they had been acid washed.  When he learned of MagCorp and investigated their facility, he realized why this is the case, considering the amount of acid steam emitted from the plant.  He thinks he can make a difference.  Will MagCorp listen?

Perhaps Mr. Rennart can spare some of his personal wealth for some research and development into Pantone's claim.

(See response below)

# # #



MagCorp: Tom Tripp 801-532-1522 x259

Related Coverage

Response from Tom Tripp

Phone Conversation

May 13, 2005

In a phone conversation responding to the above article, Tom Tripp, a manager at U.S. Magnesium, set forth his counter points.  He said that the Department of Justice civil action filing is unfounded, and that MagCorp is not in violation as stated.  He also stated that the EPA charges are likewise unfounded.  He said that MagCorp is not a major U.S. polluter, certainly not the leading polluter -- that one coal plant in Pennsylvania puts out more pollution than all the industrial plants in Utah combined.  He said that the state of the bridges in Salt Lake City has nothing to do with emissions from MagCorp.  He said that a person on the board of directors of a holding company being very wealthy is not uncommon nor unique to their company.  He said that the sample Paul Pantone took for analysis was not an emission, but an intermediate solution used in the processing of their materials.  He said that MagCorp is not inclined to give Mr. Pantone any of their time to see if he might have a solution to any of their emissions, which are mainly water.

If you buy all that, then you've not seen enough movies like Erin Brockovich, The Pelican Brief, High Crimes, or The Firm.

Pantone responded by saying that he is not at all surprised by that reply from Tripp.  "It is the same kind of response I have gotten from forty-five different government officials in Utah when seeking to present methods by which the valley's pollution could be cleared up.  They dismiss me without testing for themselves."

Just because an inventor's explanations might not wash with accredited theories of science, does not necessarily mean that their technology is bogus.  Many researchers have independently verified Pantone's core Geet technology.

* * * *

Tripp's Email

(Responding to the above phone conversation report)

From: Tom Tripp
To: 'Sterling D. Allan'
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2005 11:58 AM
Subject: RE: MagCorp article follow-up

I intended to say that unless there is some yet to be disclosed substantial evidence that Mr . Pantone's "invention" has some basis on a commonly understood scientific principles, has been demonstrated in some objective way, or has passed some sort of commercial test it would not be of interest. US Magnesium remains very skeptical and isn't willing to engage in that kind of unfounded research.

During his 1994 visit Mr. Pantone was given an intermediate chemical stream. Why that stream was selected is outside of records and memory. After applying his techniques, it was reported by Mr. Pantone that he had successfully destroyed contaminants. However, Mr. Pantone had no data (chemical analyses, residual samples, other objective evidence) to back up his claims other than to say "he could tell by smell." When pressed he could produce no further affirmative information and the process description seemed scientifically dubious.

Based on our previous experience, further effort doesn't seem warranted.

* * * *

Sterling's email Reply to Tom

From: Sterling D. Allan
To: ttripp{at} 
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2005 2:15 PM
Subject: Re: MagCorp article follow-up


History tells us that the greatest innovations do not follow established convention, but push the envelope into new understandings of science.

Pantone's work is of this ilk. Just because it does not follow convention does not mean it is not worth your trouble to investigate.

Most inventors do not have the resources with which to obtain the kind of data you are requesting. But you do. What would it hurt for you to have him come to your facility, put some of your emissions in on the front end, run it through his Geet, and measure what comes out the other end.

I know of numerous researchers who have replicated the Geet and have confirmed its claims, including the transmutation of elements due to the plasma state achieved in the Geet.

Sterling D. Allan
Executive Director, PES Network Inc

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Paul Pantone Responds to Tom Tripp

From: Paul Pantone
To: Sterling D. Allan
Cc: ttripp{at} [...]
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2005 3:50 PM
Subject: Re: MagCorp article follow-up

Tom, Sterling, et al,

Excuse me!!! I got the sample from an outside contractor who brought it to me. Your company REFUSED to give a sample. I then went with 4 witnesses to the rear door of Data Chem, in Salt Lake and ran my GEET Engine on the solution. The Tedlar Bag, used to gather the exhaust was taken from the unit by the employees of Data Chem. They reported that the exhaust was nothing more than clean fresh air. This is what I stated at your facilities weeks later.

The response was that your company doesn't have a pollution problem, and if it costs us ten cents, we weren't interested.

Yet I receive letters of news articles like attached and you need proof?
About 25% of the people who come to me for education hold Physics degrees, and cannot begin to explain how THEY can build one within hours of class. With 197 discoveries, not in science books, I do have what I say and to date cannot be disputed.

I did not come to MagCorp to ask for money, it was sincere as to stop the air from being further damaged. But, why should I expect your company to care any more that the Government has shown...

Paul Pantone, Inventor

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Attachment 1

72 Elements found in crude oil at Brigham Young University.  After going through the GEET reaction chamber, only 12 elements were found.

click for enlargement

Attachment 2:

Endorsement letter from Adnreas Kurt Richter, Ph.D., P.E.

click for enlargement

Attachment 3:

'Pickle Power' project prevails -- news article

click for enlargement

See also

Page composed by Sterling D. Allan May 6, 2005
Last updated December 24, 2014





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