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Akron, OH: (Jan-30-08) The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency brought charges against Ocanna Inc., the former parent company of two Akron metal recycling firms, alleging that it violated its air permit and state hazardous waste and solid waste regulations. The company processed and recycled scrap metals at Harry's Scrap Metals and at what is now Metalico Annaco Inc., where engine blocks were processed. Records show that New Jersey-based Metalico purchased the two firms from Ocanna in August 2007.

The EPA lawsuit claimed that Ocanna collected old oil from engine blocks and used it to fuel a hot water heater at the Annaco facility. In July 2003, the EPA discovered the company was not properly analyzing the oil for contaminants. Officials stated that the agency took samples of the oil and had them analyzed at an independent laboratory. Results indicated that oil with metal contaminants above permitted levels was being improperly burned. That discovery led the Akron Regional Air Quality Management District, which handles air cases for the Ohio EPA, to cite the company for failing to comply with the used oil contaminant content restrictions in its permit, with failing to submit proper reports and with failing to properly test the used oils.

As part of a settlement reached, Ocanna Inc. agreed to pay an $86,178 penalty to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to resolve allegations. Additionally, Ocanna Inc. also will conduct a cleanup on one of the two adjacent properties to help protect the Little Cuyahoga River. [BEACON JOURNAL: METAL WASTE]

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Published on Jan-31-08


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