‘Baghouse Dust’ a Safety Threat

Monday, October 1, 2012 @ 06:10 PM gHale


Union City, CA-based United States Pipe and Foundry Company (U.S. Pipe) is facing a $158,000 fine for improperly managing “baghouse dust,” a hazardous waste containing cadmium and lead generated from iron pipe fabrication, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials said.

After an August 2011 inspection, the EPA found U.S. Pipe failed to contain the dust found on the ground of the facility. The facility cleaned up the spilled dust and soil, and conducted subsequent sampling to ensure they removed all contamination.

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“EPA is committed to ensuring hazardous waste is properly managed,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Preventing the release of this dust is critical to protect U.S. Pipe workers and the environment.”

Following EPA’s findings, U.S. Pipe modified its operational practices to minimize the potential for future releases and improved staff training in proper dust management.

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) authorizes EPA to oversee the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. Under RCRA, hazardous waste must store in closed and labeled containers.



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