Saipan company fined $23K for haz waste violations
Release Date: 06/29/2006
Contact Information: Dean Higuchi, 808-541-2711, firstname.lastname@example.org
(06/29/06) HONOLULU - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined Pacific Development Inc., located in Saipan, CNMI, $23,650 for waste storage and disposal violations.
EPA officials inspected the company’s auto and bus service shop in June 2003 and March 2004, finding improperly stored and labeled containers holding used oil and solvents. PDI also failed to respond and clean up a spill of used oil.
“We are pleased the company has taken responsibility for its violations and corrected them,” said Jeff Scott, the EPA’s director for the waste management programs in the Pacific Southwest region. “All companies, even small quantity generators of hazardous waste must follow the rules to protect the environment.”
The waste has since been shipped for disposal to a proper hazardous waste disposal facility.
The EPA’s hazardous waste rules require facilities to properly store, label and seal hazardous waste containers. Facilities must also have properly trained staff, as improperly stored hazardous waste can potentially spill and pose a risk to workers and the environment.
For more information on U.S. EPA’s hazardous waste program visit http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/hazwaste.htm.
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