EPA announces $60,000 fine levied against Galvco for alleged hazardous waste violations

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 22, 2016

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 scenarios.

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.

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