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RCRA Hazardous Waste Management at FMC

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) establishes a federal program to manage hazardous wastes from cradle to grave to ensure that hazardous waste is handled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. Therefore, EPA has established regulations and procedures for the generation, transportation, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. EPA also has established technical standards for the design and safe operation of treatment, storage and disposal facilities to minimize the release of hazardous waste into the environment. These regulations serve as the basis for developing and issuing permits. These include standards for closure and monitoring of hazardous waste management units.

The FMC facility has eight former hazardous waste management units (“ponds”). The ponds were subject to a RCRA enforcement action that resulted in a consent decree in 1998 requiring that the ponds be closed under EPA-approved RCRA closure plans. These ponds are currently subject to RCRA post-closure requirements. The subject ponds include Ponds 8E, 8S, 9E, Phase IV, 15S, 16S, 17 and 18A. The ponds range in size from 3.2 to 12.9 acres and contain from 27 to 140 acre-feet of phosphorus-bearing waste material from FMC’s former manufacturing processes and equipment.

FMC RCRA Settlement

The U.S. District Court of Idaho entered a Consent Decree embodying the settlement agreement between the EPA and the FMC Corporation to address hazardous waste violations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act at the FMC Corporation facility of Pocatello, Idaho.

The Consent Decree requires FMC to close surface impoundments containing ignitable and reactive hazardous waste, to construct a treatment system to remove the hazardous characteristics of its waste, and to comply with specified interim requirements for handling such waste prior to treatment. In addition, the Consent Decree requires the completion of Supplemental Environmental Projects offered by FMC to reduce air emissions from its operations and to conduct an environmental health assessment on the Fort Hall Reservation.

This Consent Decree was entered by the U.S. District Court of Idaho on July 13, 1999.

Hard copies of the Consent Decree and associated documents are also available for public review at the following location:

Idaho State University Library
Government Documents Department
850 South 9th Avenue (9th and Terry)
Pocatello, Idaho 83209

If you have questions, please contact Andy Boyd (boyd.andrew@epa.gov), EPA Office of Regional Counsel, at 800-424-4372, extension 1222.

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