Hazardous Waste Fines for Wheel Maker

Monday, May 18, 2015 @ 04:05 PM gHale

Two wheel manufacturing plants in Iowa are facing citations for improperly handling and storing hazardous waste at their facilities.

Compliance inspections of GKN Armstrong Wheels plants in Estherville and Armstrong found violations of waste regulations, said officials at the Midwest branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The company agreed to pay a penalty of more than $150,000.

The EPA said the two GKN Armstrong Wheels facilities disposed of hazardous waste without an appropriate permit and didn’t comply with waste generator requirements, meaning they didn’t conduct hazardous waste inspections or properly label containers.

The agency said the company also failed to adhere to universal waste and used oil regulations.

The Iowa sites produce steel wheels primarily for the agricultural and construction industries.

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