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Hazardous Waste Violations

Honolulu, HI: (Mar-25-08) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed charges against Pacific Marine and Industrial Corp., alleging that the company's oil and hazardous waste management procedures were in violation of federal laws. The suit stated that EPA and CNMI Division of Environmental Quality inspectors discovered the violations during a routine inspection; and that the company failed to notify the EPA of hazardous waste activity and properly mark or label containers of used oil. Other violations included failing to respond to a release of used oil, improper documentation, and lacking a certified spill response plan. The violations were found at the company's power plant facility in Puerto Rico, Saipan. Acting director of Waste Programs for the EPA Pacific Southwest Region Nancy Lindsay stated that proper management of used oil is imperative on an island like Saipan and that spilled used oil can contaminate soil and poison ocean ecosystems.

As part of a settlement reached in the suit, Pacific Marine and Industrial Corp. agreed to pay the EPA $20,000 to resolve allegations. Additionally, under the settlement agreement, the company agreed to spend over $68,000 for local environmental projects. The company was ordered to properly train employees to manage waste and to manage their used oil, as improperly stored used oil can potentially spill and pose a risk to workers and the environment. [US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: EPA FINES PACIFIC MARINES AND INDUSTRIAL CORP.]

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Published on Mar-26-08


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