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EPA settles with Crest Industries on hazardous-waste violations

Release Date: 07/19/2007
Contact Information: Kären Thompson, 312-353-8547,

No. 07-OPA123

CHICAGO (July 19, 2007) -U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Crest Industries Ltd., 1066 Industry Road, New Lenox, Ill., on alleged violations of federal hazardous waste regulations. The company will pay a $200,000 penalty.

Crest manufactures paint. In the process it generates waste paint and solvents, which are temporarily stored for later transport, treatment, and disposal elsewhere. The company was cited for violating the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requirements for managing hazardous waste.

Specifically, Crest failed to have a permit for storing hazardous waste, have tanks assessed by a registered engineer, install secondary containment systems, control air emissions, institute a contingency plan, and train personnel and keep related records.

EPA regulates hazardous waste from production to final disposal. Crest Industries is now in compliance with EPA regulations.

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