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U. S. EPA takes action against metal finishing company to protect community, environment from improperly managed hazardous waste / Alloy Processing fined $150,000 for violations at its Compton facility

Release Date: 03/30/2009
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815, cell (213) 798-1404,

(03/30/09) LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today fined Alloy Processing, a metal finishing company located in Compton, Calif., $150,000 for failing to comply with federal hazardous waste management regulations.

The EPA inspected the Alloy Processing facility in Compton in March 2008, and found that the company failed to properly classify and manage hazardous wastes generated by the company, as well as other hazardous waste management violations, including:

* Failure to submit biennial reports;
* Failure to obtain an EPA identification number;
* Failure to perform waste determinations;
* Storage of hazardous waste without a permit;
* Failure to develop and implement a personnel training program.

"Strict enforcement of hazardous waste regulations not only protects the health and environment of a local community, it also helps ensuring a level playing field for all businesses, regardless of their size” said Jeff Scott, the EPA’s Waste Management Division director for the Pacific Southwest Region. “This agency will see that
Alloy Processing, as well as any other delinquent businesses, comply with all hazardous waste regulations or face costly fines and legal action.”

Firms that handle hazardous waste must properly handle and store waste to prevent spills and safeguard worker health. The EPA administers programs under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which provides for safe management of solid and hazardous waste.

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