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Colonial Millwork Ltd. Settles Hazardous Waste Violations at West Virginia Wood Products Plant

Release Date: 11/6/2001
Contact Information: Donna Heron, (215) 814-5113

Donna Heron, (215) 814-5113

PHILADELPHIA – Colonial Millwork, Ltd. has agreed to pay a $25,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal and state hazardous waste regulations at its Beverly, W. Va. wood products manufacturing plant.

According to the complaint, inspections by EPA and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in October and November 2000 revealed that the company stored hazardous waste (xylene, paint thinners, and waste paint) without a required RCRA permit. EPA also cited the company for having open drums of hazardous waste, not providing adequate hazardous waste training for employees, and failing to have an adequate contingency plan for the facility.

EPA cited Colonia Millwork 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, to prevent costly cleanups of waste sites by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous wastes.

As part of the settlement, the company neither admitted nor denied liability for the violations alleged in the complaint. The settlement penalty reflects the company’s cooperation with EPA’s investigation, prompt compliance efforts, and agreement to resolve this matter prior to the issuance of a formal complaint.