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EPA Proposes Fining New Hampshire Manufacturer for Hazardous Waste Violations

Release Date: 07/02/2002
Contact Information: Andrew Spejewski, EPA Press Office, 617-918-1014

BOSTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it is filing an administrative complaint against Flexible Circuits, a circuit board manufacturer located in Franklin, New Hampshire. The complaint alleges that the company failed to properly manage hazardous waste at their facility. The company could be fined up to $27,500 per day for each violation.

"Even smaller companies like Flexible Circuits need to make sure that they're dealing with hazardous waste in a safe manner," said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator for EPA's New England Office. "Protecting workers, the environment, and the surrounding community needs to be their first priority. I am pleased that Flexible quickly took steps to come into compliance with hazardous waste handling laws."

The violations were uncovered during a routine EPA inspection in 2001. According to the complaint, Flexible, in part, failed to: provide training to employees handling hazardous waste, obtain a permit to store hazardous wastes over 90 days, maintain an adequate contingency plan and perform inspections of all hazardous waste storage areas. The violations increased the chance of exposing the public and the environment to dangerous chemicals.

Shortly after the inspection, the company took steps to correct the violations.