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Sunoco Settles Hazardous Waste Violations at its Former Philadelphia Facility

Release Date: 10/25/2012
Contact Information: Donna Heron, 215-814-5113, heron.donna@epa.gov

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 25, 2012) -- Sunoco, Inc. (R&M) has agreed to pay a $117,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its former facility located at 4701 Margaret St., Philadelphia, Pa., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

EPA cited Sunoco for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment, and avoid costly cleanups, by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

According to EPA, Sunoco violated RCRA requirements involving hazardous waste storage. The alleged violations related to storage of a hazardous waste (phenol sludge) without a RCRA hazardous waste permit; storage of a leaking spent lead-acid battery; and failure to keep universal waste lamps in a closed container.

The violations were discovered in an EPA inspection in September 2010. Sunoco subsequently sold this facility in July 2011. The settlement penalty reflects the company's compliance efforts, and its cooperation with EPA in the resolution of this matter. As part of the settlement, Sunoco has neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations, but has certified its compliance with applicable RCRA requirements.

For more information about hazardous waste and RCRA, visit http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/index.htm.