Avoid EPA Fines: Are you in Compliance?
It's essential to keep your facility in compliance with EPA regulations, which include the storage, labeling and disposal of hazardous wastes. A few important considerations are:
- Hazardous wastes must be properly labeled (PDF)
- Hazardous wastes must be stored properly ( 25+ gallons of Class 1A flammables in a flammable storage cabinet, for example.) OSHA 29 CFR 1910.106(e)(2)(ii)(b)
- Incompatible hazardous wastes cannot be stored together. (Store acids in an acid cabinet and flammables in a flammable cabinet, for example.)
- Hazardous wastes must be disposed of properly (including proper labeling for the disposal company.)
- Certain hazardous wastes released by facilities must be declared annually under the federal TRI Program.
- Waste Containers must be contained in a compliant secondary container in case of breakage or leakage. 40 CFR 264.175
Read the EPA article "Managing Laboratory Hazardous Waste for Academic Laboratories and institutions" (PDF)
Here are some of the EPA and OSHA press releases and news articles detailing violations found in various facilities:
EPA reaches $480,500 settlement with Hydrite Chemical - 10/15/2020
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a settlement with Hydrite Chemical Co. for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at a Cottage Grove plant. According to a release from the EPA, Hydrite Chemical Co., which operates a chemical blending and manufacturing facility in Cottage Grove, "exceeded permit limits by failing to properly monitor fugitive emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs)."
U.S. Dept. of Labor Cites Charcoal Manufacturer For Multiple Hazards at Two Missouri Locations - 3/05/2020
BRANSON, Mo. –– The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Royal Oak Enterprises for exposing employees to multiple safety and health hazards at company facilities in Branson and Summersville, Mo. The charcoal manufacturer faces $339,702 in penalties.
OSHA fines Camp Hill company $280,874 for overexposing employees to toxic hexavalent chromium fumes - 2/04/2020
CUMBERLAND COUNTY — A Camp Hill business has been cited for exposing workers to hexavalent chromium fumes and other safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday.
Worker dies after falling into chemical vat at Dayton plant - 1/21/2020
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A worker fell into a chemical vat at a business in Ohio on Tuesday and died, authorities said. Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger said a 60-year-old man from Union fell into the vat at Techmetals Inc. Further details about the circumstances of his death weren't immediately available.
Environmental groups sue steel mill over lake chemical spill - 12/13/2019
Two environmental groups are suing a steelmaker for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act at its northwestern Indiana facility more than 100 times in the past five years, including an August spill that killed more than 3,000 fish. The Environmental Law and Policy Center and Hoosier Environmental Council filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court after previously alerting ArcelorMittal of their plans to sue, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported. ArcelorMittal’s facility in Burns Harbor discharges pollution into the East Arm of the Little Calumet River, which flows directly into Lake Michigan.
OSHA fines local contractor more than $200K for jobsite hazards - 11/22/2019
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal officials observed a series of “repeat and serious” jobsite violations, which potentially put employees’ lives in jeopardy, prompting a hefty fine and possible additional penalties. According to a release from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Blue Nile Contractors Inc. of Birmingham, Missouri, failed “to protect employees from trench collapse and electrical hazards” and has been fined $210,037.
MGP Products Inc. to pay $1 million fine after 2016 chemical spill - 11/18/2019
ATCHISON, Kan. — An Atchison company has agreed to pay a $1 million fine, in addition to a guilty plea for violating the federal Clean Air Act after a chemical spill in 2016 sent multiple people to the hospital. MGP Products Inc. pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of negligently violating Clean Air Act standards.
OSHA to visit restaurant where manager died after chemical spill - 11/8/2019
The general manager jumped into action to try to clean up the spilled chemical, but was overcome by the fumes and died. He is described as a young man in his early 30s, who was recently married and the father of a newborn.
Metals processor Nyrstar responsible for two chemical leaks into Port Pirie environment - 10/28/2019
The Belgium-based company admitted a sulfuric acid leak occurred in January this year, following questions raised by the ABC over allegations that mass fish deaths had occurred in a breeding ground near the factory site. "The incident occurred following the failure of a valve and ultimately resulted in a discharge into the water course," a statement from the company said.
Alabama Power to pay $222,000 following Walker County fish kill - 10/23/2019
Alabama Power has agreed to pay more than $222,000 in penalties and other compensation following a fish kill that happened last March in Walker County. The fish died after a fire suppressant spilled into Baker Creek on the Black Warrior River.
I-TEAM: Waste company responsible for nearly a dozen chemical spills - 10/11/2019
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One of two city waste companies facing fines after thousands of reports of missed trash collection is also responsible for nearly a dozen chemical spills in Jacksonville neighborhoods, the News4Jax I-TEAM has learned. The city has not said what spilled off the Republic Services trucks, but the company said there were hydraulic leaks from its collection trucks. Neighbors said the fluid ate away at the roads.
New London excavation company cited by OSHA for unsafe work conditions - 9/16/2019
NEW LONDON – The U.S. Department of Labor cited a New London excavation company Monday for exposing employees to dangerous working conditions at a construction site in Fox Point. Wood Sewer & Excavation Inc. faces $65,921 in fines for failing to protect employees working inside an 8-foot trench and provide a safe exit from the excavation area, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Boaters Slow to Return Indiana Beaches after Cyanide Spill - 9/02/2019
(PORTAGE) — Boating enthusiasts have been slow to return to the Lake Michigan shoreline in northwestern Indiana after a chemical spill killed thousands of fish and prompted the temporary closure of beaches. ArcelorMittal issued an apology Aug. 16 for the cyanide and ammonia spill that occurred after its Burns Harbor mill had a failure at a blast furnace water recirculation system.
OSHA Fines Food Packaging Firm $200K for Safety Issues - 8/19/2019
Frozen fruits and vegetables packaging firm Arbre Group Holding – doing business as Holli-Pac Inc. – recently received several citations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after investigators uncovered willful and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards at the firm’s Holley, NY facility. The agency announced in an August 15 release that the company is now facing $200,791 in fines.
Company fined $220,000 after three workers hurt in underground tank accident - 8/14/2019
WARRICK COUNTY, Ind. — A chemical leak along Indiana 66 in Warrick County closed the eastbound lanes for nearly two hours, but posed "no immediate threat to businesses, residences" or traffic, Indiana State Police said. Still, the spill caused four people — a state trooper and three drivers — to be taken to St. Vincent Evansville as a precaution.
After Five Amputation Incidents in 14 Months, Missouri Company Faces Over $400,000 in OSHA Penalties - 8/07/2019
A Missouri spirits and wine barrel-making company has been fined $413,370 by OSHA for exposing its employees to amputation, noise and other safety and health hazards at its Lebanon, Missouri facility. Missouri Cooperage Company LLC, a subsidiary of the Independent Stave Company, is facing severe penalties after OSHA inspectors visited the facility in February 2019 following an employee’s finger amputation – the fifth such amputation injury that the company reported in a 14-month period
New York Manufacturer Cited by OSHA for Repeat Safety Violations at Long Island Plant - 8/02/2019
A New York home and personal care fabric product manufacturer is facing $287,212 in fines for “repeat and serious” safety violations at a plant in Hauppauge, New York, OSHA announced on July 26. The agency investigated U.S. Nonwoven Corp. after an employee suffered a fractured hand at the Long Island facility. His injury was a result of his hand getting caught in a fabric softener sheet-cutting machine, the investigators found.
Fuyao Facing More Than $720,000 in OSHA Penalties - 7/29/2019
Fuyao Glass America in Moraine is facing more than $720,000 in fines after being cited for “exposing employees to multiple safety and health hazards.” The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says, during a recent inspection of the plant, nine repeat violations and 13 serious violations were found.
Chemical Spill Injures 1 at Frito Lay - 7/23/2019
BELOIT - A chemical spill Tuesday morning at Frito Lay resulted in one person being injured, according to the Beloit Fire Department.The chemical spill occurred around 11:23 a.m. at the plant in the 2800 block of Kennedy Drive. According to the department, the spill was contained and Frito Lay was evacuated as a precaution. The acid that was spilled is used in Frito Lay's production process in washing the potatoes before they are turned into chips, fire command staff said.
U.S. Department of Labor Cites Norcross, Georgia, Transit Service Provider For Exposing Employees to Safety and Health Hazards - 7/22/2019
NORCROSS, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Transdev Services Inc. for exposing employees at a Norcross, Georgia, worksite to safety and health hazards. The company faces $188,714 in penalties.
East Rutherford chemical spill, fire injures 2 - 7/18/2019
NEW JERSEY (FOX 5 NY) - A chemical spill in East Rutherford caused authorities to issue a shelter-in-place order on Thursday afternoon. The incident happened at the Diamond Chemical facility where authorities say a chemical reaction and an overheated machine caused two separate fires in the building.
City firefighters contain chemical spill at Forsyth Medical Center - 7/5/2019
City firefighters contained a chemical spill Friday at Forsyth Medical Center, authorities said. No injuries were reported. The incident happened shortly after 10:30 a.m. inside the hospital, said Division Chief Aaron Noah of the Winston-Salem Fire Department. Sixteen firefighters responded the scene and quickly contained the spill, Noah said.
Jet fuel enters storm drains after spill at University of Utah Hospital - 6/21/2019
SALT LAKE CITY — An estimated 25 gallons of Jet A fuel spilled Friday outside University of Utah Hospital, entering nearby storm drains. A tank carrying Jet A fuel was attempting to fill up the hospital’s medical helicopter Friday afternoon when the incident occurred, Salt Lake City Fire Division Chief Ryan Mellor said. The spill happened when the driver of the vehicle took the cap off of the tank and it started spraying fuel due to an apparent valve malfunction.
State issues warning not to eat fish from Farmington River after chemical spill - 6/14/2019
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) – There are concerns over “firefighting foam” that seeped into the Farmington River. It happened last weekend, but now there’s a warning not to eat fish caught in a portion of the river in the Windsor area. People who use are the river are concerned about the long-term impacts. “You don’t know what this chemical is, how long it’s going to stay in the river. I mean, even five years from now, I won’t go fishing in this river,” said Donald Wassell from Windsor.
Bemis settles hazardous waste violations at West Hazleton plastic bag facility - 6/14/2019
WEST HAZLETON, Pa. - Bemis Company has agreed to pay a $78,000 penalty to settle alleged hazardous waste regulations at its plastic bag manufacturing facility in West Hazleton. As part of the settlement, Bemis has not admitted liability but has certified its compliance with hazardous waste disposal requirement, according to a news release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Massive fish kill in Cullman County due to wastewater spill - 6/09/2019
CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) -- The Mulberry Fork has experienced a massive fish kill over the past few days. Tyson Foods' River Valley ingredients plant had a large wastewater spill on Thursday, leaving residents to find hundreds of dead fish floating downstream.
U.S. EPA settles with meat processor over ammonia violations - 5/30/2019
Kayem Foods Inc., a Chelsea, Mass.-based meat processing facility, has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pay a $138,281 penalty following the discovery of safety violations in its ammonia refrigeration system, according to an EPA Region 1 announcement.
Bestway fined $9K for waste oil violation in Lancaster - 5/17/2019
LANCASTER — Bestway of New England has been fined $9,620 by the state Department of Environmental Protection for violating the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste and Toxics Use Reduction regulations at its facility at 840 Sterling Road.
U.S. EPA Settlement with Producers Dairy Foods Improves Chemical Safety at Fresno, CA, Facility - 5/15/2019
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with Producers Dairy Foods Inc. over chemical safety and risk management violations at its facility in Fresno, California, Producers Dairy Foods, one of the largest family-owned and operated dairies in the West, has agreed to pay a $89,960 civil penalty and make improvements to its risk management practices. In addition, the company will purchase more than $26,000 in emergency response equipment for the Fresno City Fire Department.
Two Seafood Processing Facilities Fined $297K for Violating Clean Water Act - 3/1/2018
Trident Seafoods Corporation, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act for discharges of fish waste at two seafood processing facilities in Sand Point and Wrangell, Alaska. Under the agreement, Trident will remove nearly three-and-a-half acres of waste from the seafloor near its Sand Point plant, and limit the amount of seafood waste discharged from its Wrangell plant.
Chemical Spill at Kansas Plant Sends Dozens to Hospital - 10/22/2016
A chemical spill at an Atchison, Kansas, distillery plant released a noxious plume of gas above the city Friday, sending dozens to the hospital for respiratory problems. The accident happened around 8 a.m. CT at MGP Ingredients, a supplier of premium distilled spirits, causing a "chemical release," officials said. Authorities ordered temporary evacuations and at least 60 people sought treatment, including at least two who were in intensive care. Most had been released by late Friday.The plume was released after two chemicals, sulfuric acid and sodium hypochlorite, were accidentally combined, according to Katie Horner, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Emergency Management. The combination of the two chemicals can release chlorine gas.
Louisiana Chemical Manufacturer Fined $92.6K for Serious Safety Violations - 10/14/2016
Federal safety officials have cited a Louisiana chemical manufacturer for nine serious and two other violations, and issued fines of more than $92,000.The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Baton Rouge Area Office cited PPG Industries for violations at the company’s Westlake, Louisiana, facility.
Long Beach Facility to Pay EPA $78K in Settlement After Mishandling Hazardous Waste - 08/05/2016
A Long Beach treatment facility is one of two Southern California companies required to pay more than $130,000 collectively for improperly handling hazardous waste, following a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, officials announced this week.An August 2014 inspection by EPA officials of Crosby & Overton’s hazardous waste treatment facility in Long Beach found that the company “failed to safely store broken batteries, which contain corrosive hazardous waste,” an EPA release stated.EPA officials said the waste treatment facility did not properly use and maintain equipment, like a diaphragm pump for pumping paint waste.“[They] failed to conduct the required inspections and monitoring to manage hazardous materials and related air emission,” the release stated.The company agreed to pay a $78,570 penalty. It has since corrected the violations.
Peanut Company faces OSHA safety penalties - 08/01/2016
A Georgia peanut company has been cited and is facing $110,310 in proposed penalties from federal safety and health regulators for combustible dust, machine guarding and other hazards. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Leesburg, Georgia-based Great Southern Peanut L.L.C. for 13 repeat, four serious and four other-than-serious safety and health violations, the agency said Thursday in a statement.
Nissan plant must pay fines for safety violations - 07/23/2016
CANTON, MS - After OSHA conducted two inspections at the Nissan plant, several violations were cited.A complaint inspection in March had one serious violation and one repeat violation after being investigated. The total penalty for this was $32,000.
Elmore firm fined $70,000 for safety violation at plant - 07/15/2016
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has levied a $70,000 fine against the Materion Brush plant in Elmore, Ohio, for a “willful” workplace safety violation in March that fractured a worker’s hand. Materion Brush, formerly known as Brush Wellman and now a subsidiary of Materion Corp., of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, was cited for failing to ensure a machine had adequate safety guards that could have prevented the accident, OSHA officials said.
Temporary workers exposed to machine hazards, Ohio auto part manufacturer hit with $3.42M in fines from OSHA - 6/28/2016
The fines evaluated by OSHA are said to be the largest ever filed against a company in the automotive parts industry. The facility has been known for federal safety violations dating back at least 20 years. After the last evaluation by OSHA 46 egregious willful, two willful, one repeated and eight serious safety violations were issued. The majority of the violations involved improper training with machinery including lockout tagout procedures and how to operate them safely. The amount of violations issued added up to $3,426,900 in fines. To learn details about the safety violations.
Wisconsin Contractor Cited for $121,800 After Worker Killed in Fall - 6/17/2016
An OSHA investigation into the fall incident was conducted in December 2015 at Pewaukee, Wisconsin-based Reich Installation Services Inc. The company had failed to conduct proper inspections on the railing resulting in an employee falling 4 stories. OSHA issued two citations: one for improper inspection of the visible defects in the railing and another for exceeding the scaffold's maximum intended load.
Cosmetics Manufacturer in Caernarvon Township, PA Cited for $285,000 In Safety Fines - 6/14/2016
OSHA issued 10 violations to PhytogenX for safety violations during a previous inspection in December 2015. The violations included four willful and six serious violations. Although most of the violations had to deal with the storage, processing and handling of flammable liquids, other concerns included a lack of proper training for employees.
A Des Moines Postal Service Facility has been fined $120K in Violations from OSHA - 6/6/2016
A 2015 investigation of the facility revealed a lack of emergency training for employees, a broken mechanical exit door and blocked emergency exits. They also exposed workers to risks of falls, slips, and trip hazards in walkways.
Fragrance Facility in Hanover Township Fined $63K in Citations from OSHA - 5/31/2016
On January 27. the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency prompted OSHA to investigate Ungerer & Co. after an employee suffered respiratory issues from an unidentified chemical odor. After the investigation, OSHA issued one repeat, six serious and one other-than-serious violation to the company adding up to $63,450 in citations.
Permission to Build? Why Well-Maintained Hazardous Waste Permits are Good for the Environment, Good for our Communities, and Good for Business - 04/20/2016
Facilities that treat, store and dispose of hazardous waste must be maintained. Under the Resource Recovery Act (RCRA) these facilities much obtain a hazardous waste permit in order to ensure safe management of those wastes. It has been 30 years since the permit became a requirement for dealing with hazardous waste, however, now that they have been issued, the focus of the facilities has shifted to maintaining and modifying these permits. The modifications help to improve operational efficiency, economic development and environmental protection at hazardous waste facilities. Permittees should request changes in a timely manner in order to keep pace with evolving business practices, technology, cleanup decisions and regulations.
York County Company Settles Hazardous Waste Violations at its PA Manufacturing Facility - 10/02/2012
Bimax, Inc. has agreed to pay a $36,455 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its chemical manufacturing facility, and also will spend $305,000 to install a system that will eliminate 99 percent of the hazardous pollutants emitted from the facility. Hazardous waste, including solvents, was improperly stored in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The alleged violations included operating a treatment, storage or disposal facility without a permit, failure to determine if the waste was hazardous, failure to obtain required certification from a qualified professional engineer attesting that the facility's tank system has sufficient structural integrity for the storage of hazardous waste, failure to monitor pump leaks weekly, and failure to monitor valves for air emission leaks.
Maintenance shop to construct new building for hazardous waste storage following series of violations - 09/14/2012
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has agreed to construct a building to store hazardous waste following violations of federal waste management rules at its maintenance facility in Soldotna, Alaska. An EPA inspection in 2009 identified hazardous waste violations. The facility failed to determine if waste it was managing was hazardous waste, and failed to label containers of hazardous waste and used oil waste. The substances included paint thinners, kerosene and a mix of solvent and anti-freeze. The improperly labeled containers ranged in size from two-gallon containers to a 300-gallon tank.
New Haven Company Faces Fine for Hazardous Waste Violations - 08/02/2012
A New Haven, Conn. company that makes door hardware faces a penalty of $64,495 from the US Environmental Protection Agency for violating state and federal hazardous waste laws. The company failed to segregate containers of incompatible hazardous waste, failed to have an adequate hazardous waste training program, failed to close containers of hazardous waste, failed to maintain adequate aisle space between containers of hazardous waste, failed to mark containers with the date that accumulation of hazardous waste began, failed to update and submit revised contingency plan to local authorities, and otherwise failed to manage hazardous waste in accordance with the requirements.
Homebuilder Toll Brothers to Pay $741,000 Clean Water / Stormwater Penalty - 06/20/2012
The company will pay a civil penalty of $741,000 to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at its construction sites. Toll Brothers will also invest in a company-wide stormwater compliance program to improve employee training and increase management oversight at all current and future residential construction sites across the nation. The company is required to inspect its current and future construction sites routinely to minimize stormwater runoff from sites. Polluted stormwater runoff and sediment from construction sites can flow directly into the nearest waterway, affecting drinking water quality and damaging valuable aquatic habitats.
Providence Facility Faces EPA Penalty for Hazardous Waste Violations - 04/17/2012
The company could face a penalty of up to $37,500 per violation per day for improper disposal and storage of hazardous wastes, including acids, alkalis, flammable wastes, water reactive wastes, cyanides, sulfides, oxidizers, toxic wastes, oily wastes, photochemical wastes and laboratory packs. Many incompatible hazardous wastes were stored next to one another without adequate means of separation or protection, potentially resulting in fires or explosions.
Pennsylvania Company to Pay $25,347 Penalty for Inadequate Oil Spill Prevention - 01/10/2012
The company agreed to pay a $25,347 penalty for alleged violations of oil spill prevention regulations and for failing to implement a spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) plan.
Air Force Base Mismanaged Hazardous Waste and Failed to Maintain Adequate Training Plan for Handling Waste - 03/13/2012
The base agreed to pay a penalty for alleged violations of federal hazardous waste management laws, correct the violations and improve its waste management and training practices. Items noted included Failure to have adequate training plan in place for facility workers handling hazardous waste and Improper labeling to clearly identify hazardous waste.
Coatings Company to Pay Civil Penalty for Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Violations - 02/27/2012
The company agreed to pay a $55,000 civil penalty as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a series of hazardous waste violations which included Improper management of hazardous waste containers on site and Failure to provide a sufficient base beneath containers which held hazardous waste.
Scranton Sewer Authority Fined for Safety Violations - 01/04/2012
The Sewer Authority of the City of Scranton will pay a $12,619 penalty for their failure to develop a proper risk management plan, which resulted in their failure to properly train employees in operating procedures, failure to test and inspect equipment, and failure to conduct a three-year compliance audit. Risk management plans are designed to reduce the risk of an accidental release of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Manufacturers Fined for Undisclosed Chemical Releases - 12/20/2011
The company will pay a $4,100 penalty for failed disclosure. â€œCompanies that use industrial chemicals have a responsibility to surrounding communities to run safe and transparent operations,â€ said Kelly Huynh, manager of the Inspection and Enforcement Management Unit at EPA in Seattle. â€œThat includes reporting about the chemicals they use and release at their facilities.
Merck to Pay $1.5 Million Penalty for Multiple Environmental Violations - 09/28/2011
Merck & Co. has agreed to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws at its pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in Riverside and West Point, PA. The complaint alleges that Merck did not comply with Clean Air Act emissions reporting and record keeping requirements. The complaint also asserts that Merck discharged pollutants in excess of limits in its Clean Water Act permit; failed to notify local officials of hazardous substances released; and failed to properly label and store hazardous waste.
U.S. EPA Fines Tucson Facility $30,000 for Hazardous Waste Violations - 10/13/2011
Contact Information: Margot Perez-Sullivan, (415) 947-4149, firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspections in 2010 uncovered violations of handling and storing of hazardous waste. Among the violations were mislabeled or unlabeled containers, failure to provide proof of employee training and inadequate record keeping at a hazardous waste small quantity generator. Hazardous substances must be stored, handled and disposed of using measures that safeguard public health and the environment.
U.S. EPA Fines Reno Area Facility $79,500 for Hazardous Waste Violations - 11/30/2011
Fined $79,500 for the improper management of hazardous waste. Among the violations were storage of hazardous waste in an unpermitted area, cracked and deteriorated containment areas, and a leaking container. Hazardous substances must be stored, handled and disposed of using measures that safeguard public health and the environment.
All these and more EPA Press Releases available at epa.gov/newsroom