Chem Plant Faces Hazardous Waste Fines

Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 02:03 PM gHale

Hungerford, TX-based Wharton Chemical is facing fines for hazardous waste violations, federal environmental officials said.

Investigators found violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) related to the storage and handling of hazardous waste at the facility, said officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The company will pay a $230,000 civil penalty to settle allegations it violated RCRA, and take steps to protect the local community from health and environmental risks associated with hazardous waste, EPA officials said.

Wharton Chemical, also known as Lamberti USA, Inc., produces specialty chemicals for industrial applications. The facility falls under the category of being a small-quantity generator of hazardous waste. However, during several occasions from January 2009 through December 2013, the facility generated large quantities of hazardous waste (1,000 kilograms of hazardous waste per month).

RCRA is the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. The goal of RCRA is to protect public health and the environment, and avoid costly cleanups, by requiring the safe, environmentally-sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste. The RCRA requirements mandate the use of safe practices which greatly reduce the chance hazardous waste will release into the environment.

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