PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) announced that steel galvanizer Galvco Maryland LLC
will pay $60,000 to settle allegations of violating hazardous waste regulations
at its manufacturing facility in Baltimore.
The facility allegedly failed to conduct daily inspections
of its hydrochloric acid tank, did not have a leak detection system in place or
have a secondary containment surrounding the tank for spill prevention.
Additionally, Galvco purportedly never had a professional engineer evaluate the
tank before using it for hazardous waste storage.
The EPA claimed Galvco violated the Resource Conservation
and Recovery Act (RCRA), a federal law that manages how hazardous waste needs
to be treated, stored and disposed. The law was enacted to protect public
health as well as the environment. It additionally helps avoid costly cleanup
The alleged violations, according to the EPA, did not
include the spill or release of any hazardous waste into the environment.
Galvco has fully complied with the EPA regarding the matter
without admitting to or denying liability.