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EPA settles with two companies that allegedly violated PCB laws

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 30, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreements with G&S and Connecticut Oil Recycling Services after allegations each that company violated federal laws regarding toxic substances in the handling of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

G&S operates a scrap metal recycling facility in South Windsor, Connecticut. It uses a system of oil/water separators and retention ponds to capture contaminants. Federal regulations require the company to periodically test for PCBs. A 2014 test allegedly revealed traces of the substance. G&S has agreed to clean up the lagoon and pay a penalty of $22,500, according to the EPA.

Connecticut Oil Recycling Services is a waste oil transporter and recycler. It allegedly did not test for PCBs when it transported waste from a customer and transported to Active Oil, an oil processing facility. Active Oil purportedly then found traced of PCB contamination. Connecticut Oil Recycling Services will pay $20,000 to settle the allegations, the EPA said.

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