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EPA settles with the City of Anchorage for over $40,000 for hazardous waste handling violations

Release Date: 09/30/2008
Contact Information: Sylvia Burges, Air/RCRA Compliance Unit, (206) 553-1254, burges.sylvia@epa.gov Tony Brown, EPA, Public Affairs, (206) 553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Anchorage, Alaska – September 30, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $40,300 settlement with the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) for failure to properly manage hazardous waste at its Anchorage Public Transportation Department Maintenance facility located at 3650 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska. MOA has fully cooperated with EPA to address all allegations.

An inspection of the MOA’s maintenance facility on July 26, 2006 by EPA, found the following alleged violations of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA):

  • Failure to properly treat hazardous wastes; and
  • Failure to properly label used oil containers.

According to Mike Bussell, EPA’s Director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement in Seattle, the purpose of EPA’s RCRA program is to manage hazardous wastes from cradle to grave to ensure that the waste is handled in a manner that protects human health and the environment.

“Properly managing hazardous waste is absolutely critical to protecting both workers and the surrounding community and environment,” said Bussell. “Cities like Anchorage handling these wastes must comply with the law or face penalties.”

For additional information about hazardous waste and RCRA program, visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/OWCM.NSF/webpage/Resource+Conservation+and+Recovery+Act+(RCRA)+Subtitle+C:+Managing+Hazardous+Waste+from+Cradle+to+Grave?OpenDocument

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