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Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543
PHILADELPHIA – New Jersey Shell Casting Corp. (NJSCC) has agreed to pay a $6,680 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its foundry in Marietta, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The NJSCC foundry manufactures brass and aluminum castings for the electrical and valve industries.
EPA cited the company 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, the facility failed to properly contain a small quantity of lead-containing hazardous waste, and did not put the required hazardous waste label on a hopper that contained this waste. These violations were discovered in a April 26, 2005 inspection by EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
The settlement penalty reflects the company’s cooperation with EPA in the investigation and resolution of the alleged violations. As part of the settlement, the company 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/epaoswer/osw/index.htm.