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EPA settles with Diamond Hard Chrome on hazardous waste violations for closing business

Release Date: 11/12/2009
Contact Information: Karen Thompson, 312-353-8547,

No. 09-OPA226

(CHICAGO - Nov. 12 , 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Diamond Hard Chrome Co. Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, for alleged violations of the authorized Ohio Resource Conservation and Recovery Act financial assurance requirements for hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities The chrome plating business has agreed to pay a penalty of $15,000 to settle the violations.

In documents Diamond Hard Chrome filed to close its facility at 6300 Kinsman Ave., the company failed to show it had the financial resources or an adequate plan to complete the closure properly and pay for post-closure actions to protect the environment. The company will submit a revised RCRA post-closure plan to Ohio EPA that includes a ground-water monitoring plan with cost estimates and financial assurance.

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, EPA regulates hazardous waste from production to final disposal.

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