BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced Waters Technologies Corp., a Taunton-based company that manufactures materials for laboratory analysis, will pay $199,500 to settle allegations it violated state and federal hazardous waste laws.
The company generates hazardous wastes during production that include ignitable waste, corrosive waste, reactive waste, characteristically toxic waste, waste solvents and off-specification waste.
The EPA conducted a 2014 inspection of the company’s facility that found numerous alleged violations of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The company purportedly failed to follow standards for the storage of hazardous waste. According to the EPA, the company’s violations could have led to hazardous waste being released into the environment.
"It is essential that companies handling, managing or storing hazardous materials make sure they carefully follow hazardous waste laws, including laws pertaining to air emissions from hazardous waste tanks, which help ensure protections for workers, their surrounding community and the environment," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.
After the inspection, the company voluntarily hired a third party consultant to help implement practices and technologies to bring the facility’s compliance levels up to par. This minimized the risk of emission of hazardous waste to the environment and to employees of the company.