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Hazardous Materials Violations

Phoenix, AZ: (Apr-03-08) The state Attorney General Terry Goddard and Steve Owens, director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, brought charges against Universal Propulsion Co., alleging that there were 17 counts of violations of air quality and hazardous waste laws at its north Phoenix plant. The suit claimed that the company's North Phoenix facility violated hazardous waste requirements with its actions relating to an explosion at the facility in 2002. The federal agencies claimed that the company further failed to comply with hazardous waste management and storage requirements, which were mandates in its air quality permit and air quality open burning regulations between 2002 and 2006.

State officials said that the two sides had reached a settlement, in which Universal Propulsion Co. has agreed to pay $165,000 to resolve the allegations. Under the terms of agreement, the deal requires that Universal Propulsion pay a penalty of $140,000 to the State and an additional $25,000 that will go towards funding the Air Quality Flag Program administered by Phoenix Children's Hospital. Officials said that the program monitors and informs the public about daily air quality that may impact health. The company, headquartered in NC, recently announced that it is phasing out operations in AZ. [KTAR NEWS: VALLEY ROCKET PLANT PAYS FOR VIOLATING HAZ-MAT LAWS]

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Published on Apr-5-08


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