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So Cal aerosol company will pay $56K for haz waste violations

Release Date: 07/05/2006
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-185

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Aerosol Services Company, of City of Industry, Calif., $56,000 for violating federal hazardous waste regulations.

"The EPA intends to strictly enforce all federal regulations governing the generation and management of hazardous wastes,” said Jeffrey Scott, director of the EPA's Waste Management Division for the Pacific Southwest region. "It is essential that companies comply with hazardous waste regulations in order to protect human health and prevent impacts to the environment."

In January 2005, the EPA inspected Aerosol Services Company. Based upon that inspection, the EPA alleges that Aerosol Services Company violated the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by failing to:

• Close and label containers of hazardous waste;
• Obtain a permit for the storage of hazardous waste;
• Maintain the facility to prevent releases of hazardous waste;
• Conduct weekly inspections of the hazardous waste storage area;
• Transfer waste from leaky containers;
• Store ignitable waste more than 50 feet from the property line;
• Have a complete contingency plan; and
• Provide annual hazardous waste refresher training to its personnel.

Aerosol Services provides aerosol and non-aerosol packaging services to the personal care, salon care, and household industries. Aerosol Services purchases chemicals, does batch processing, and fills the product into aerosol or non-aerosol cans.

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

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