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Richmond, Calif. foundry agrees to pay U.S. EPA $15,000 to resolve hazardous waste violations

Release Date: 8/19/2005
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815; Cell: (213) 798-1404;

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with a Richmond, Calif. foundry that requires the company to pay $15,000 for violations of federal hazardous waste handling laws.

East Bay Brass Foundry, located at 1200 Chesly Avenue in Richmond, is a non-ferrous foundry, specializing in brass, aluminum, and occasionally lead castings. The facility, which has been operating since 1947, generates lead contaminated waste.

During a March 2004 inspection, EPA officials found several violations of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which governs hazardous waste handling, storage and disposal.

The EPA inspectors found the following violations: failed to make a hazardous waste determination; failed to obtain a permit or interim status for storage of hazardous waste; and failed to ensure personnel are thoroughly familiar with waste handling procedures.

"Companies that handle toxic wastes need to manage them properly to ensure public safety and protect the environment," said Jeff Scott, director of Waste Division in EPA's San Francisco regional office. "The EPA will continue to strictly enforce all regulations governing facilities who generate and manage hazardous waste."

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act oversees how to safely manage and dispose of huge
amounts of waste generated nationwide.

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