A Washington-based metal casting facility has agreed to pay $230,000 to install a production process “water blast” system expected to remove elements of the facility’s hazardous waste generation by up to 40 per cent.
As part of a settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Seacast Inc. will also pay a penalty of $18,000 to settle alleged hazardous waste violations that included leaving waste at its Marysville premises for longer than 90 days.
According to Scott Downey, manager of EPA’s hazardous waste inspection unit in Seattle, strict compliance with federal hazardous waste storage and management requirements protects people and the environment.
“SeaCast has found a way to modify its production process and reduce its reliance on caustic cleaning solutions as a part of this settlement,” said Downey. “One of the central goals of the EPA’s hazardous waste program is to conserve resources and minimize the generation of hazardous wastes, so this project fits nicely.”
EPA alleged that SeaCast:
- Failed to maintain records of its hazardous waste determinations.
- Stored hazardous wastes at the facility without obtaining a permit or complying with conditions applicable to hazardous waste generators.
- Stored hazardous waste on site for longer than 90 days, failed to maintain adequate aisle space between containers of hazardous waste, and failed to conduct required weekly inspections of hazardous waste storage areas. The company also failed to properly manage its universal waste lamps.