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EPA reaches settlement with Galvco Maryland LLC for alleged violations at its Baltimore manufacturing facility
PHILADELPHIA (July 20, 2016) – Galvco Maryland LLC, a steel galvanizer, has agreed to pay a $60,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its manufacturing facility in Baltimore, Md., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
Alleged violations involved spent hydrochloric acid and included failure to conduct daily inspections of the tank, failure to have a leak detection system or secondary containment surrounding the tank to prevent a spill from reaching the environment should the tank fail, and failure to have the tank evaluated by a professional engineer before using it for hazardous waste storage.
EPA cited Galvco for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment, and avoid costly cleanups, by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste.
The violations did not involve any spill or release of hazardous waste into the environment.
The penalty reflects the company’s compliance efforts, and its cooperation with EPA in the resolution of this matter. As part of the settlement, Galvco has neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations, but has certified its compliance with applicable RCRA requirements.
For more information about hazardous waste and RCRA visit: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/index.htm .
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