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Spray Products Corp. Settles Hazardous Waste Violations at Montgomery County, Pa. Facility

Release Date: 03/25/2013
Contact Information: Donna Heron, 215-814-5113 heron.donna@epa.gov

PHILADELPHIA (March 25, 2013) -- Spray Products Corp. has agreed to pay a $25,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its manufacturing facility in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

EPA cited Spray Products 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.

Following an inspection by officials from EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, EPA cited the company for RCRA violations involving hazardous waste stored at the facility, including waste solvents, waste acetone, waste heptanes, and universal waste lamps.

The alleged violations included:

      failure to properly date, label and manage hazardous waste containers;
      failure to maintain records indicating the job title of each position at the facility related to hazardous waste management, and the name of the employee filling each job;
      failure to obtain the signature from a representative of the disposal facility on four hazardous waste manifests within 60 days of shipment;
      failure to conduct weekly inspections of its hazardous waste storage area;
      failure to provide training to employees responsible for handling hazardous waste; and
      failure to have a required contingency plan in place for a period of two years.

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 the company has not admitted 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.