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New York paint company fined $90,000 for improper HazMat storage

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August 7, 2014 by Hazmat Management

A New York paint company has agreed to pay a $90,000 penalty after environment officials discovered improperly stored hazardous waste during a spring 2012 inspection.

The US Environmental Protection Agency says it found more than 100 drums of paint solvents on the property of T.C. Dunham Paint Company in Yonkers. Many of the drums were “leaking and corroded,” as well as improperly labelled.

The EPA adds that it found drums of lacquers, oil-based paints and solvents “haphazardly stacked in an old truck and in outdoor locations at the paint facility.”

Announcing the legal settlement on August 7, 2014, EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck noted that “every business needs to comply with environmental laws to ensure that human health and the environment are not damaged.”

In 2012, TC Dunham was found liable for about $4.5 million in injuries resulting from a building fire started by a solvent-based wood floor lacquer that ignited in 2006.