PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations caused Sunoco, Inc. to pay $117,000 in a settlement announced Thursday.
The Sunoco facility formerly located at 4701 Margaret St. in Philadelphia was cited by the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. This act is a federal law that governs the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste.
Under the RCRA, costly cleanups are avoided by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage, and disposal of hazardous waste to ensure public and environmental health are protected, the EPA said.
The violations, according to the EPA, involved hazardous waste storage required by the RCRA.
The EPA said phenol sludge was held by the facility without a RCRA hazardous waste permit, and that Sunoco stored a leaking spent lead-acid battery and failed to keep universal waste lamps in a closed container.
EPA conducted its inspection in September 2010. Sunoco then sold the facility in July 2011.
According to the EPA, the settlement penalty reflects the company's compliance efforts and cooperation for a resolution. In the settlement, Sunoco neither admitted nor denied any of the alleged violations.
Sunoco has certified its compliance with the applicable RCRA requirements.