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EPA settles with Clear Lam packaging on hazardous waste violations; penalty, environmental project ordered

Release Date: 12/22/2009
Contact Information: Karen Thompson, 312-353-8547, thompson.karen@epa.gov

For Immediate Release
No. 09-OPA240

(CHICAGO - Dec. 22, 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has settled with Clear Lam Packaging Inc. for alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requirements for treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. The Elk Grove, Ill., company will pay a $20,750 penalty and perform an environmental project costing at least $221,000.

Clear Lam Packaging failed to have a hazardous waste storage permit, maintain aisle space in the hazardous waste storage area, keep hazardous waste containers closed, provide annual employee training and keep records about it, and have a complete contingency plan.

Clear Lam, a manufacturer of flexible and rigid packaging materials will help protect the environment and public health by purchasing, installing and operating a solvent recovery system that will recycle approximately 100,000 gallons of hazardous waste annually.

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