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EPA settles with Minnesota Metal Finishing on hazardous waste violations

Release Date: 06/06/2007
Contact Information: Karen Thompson, (312) 353-8547, thompson.karen@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 07-OPA093

CHICAGO (June 5, 2007) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Minnesota Metal Finishing Inc. of Minneapolis for alleged violations of hazardous waste rules. The company will pay an $85,000 penalty.

Minnesota Metal Finishing, 909 Winter St., N.E., was cited under the authority of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for violations including failure to train personnel and keep records; create a contingency plan; operate to minimize possibility of fire, explosion or sudden release; and obtain a hazardous waste storage permit.

The consent agreement and final order resolves violations found during inspections from May 2001 to April 2005 in conjunction with the Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services. Minnesota Metal Finishing certifies that it is now in compliance with the state of Minnesota's authorized RCRA hazardous waste program.

Under RCRA, EPA controls hazardous waste from its production to final disposal.

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