PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd. will pay $59,472 to resolve allegations of hazardous waste regulations at a facility in Belcamp, Maryland.
Citrus and Allied produces essential oils for flavoring and fragrances. According to the EPA, Citrus and Allied violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) during its generation and management of spent terpines – organic compounds generated at the facility from the distillation of essential oils from fruits, flowers, and other plants. The company allegedly failed to make hazardous waste determinations, manage the waster in the proper containers, update its contingency plan or provide its employees with hazardous waste training.
The RCRA deals with the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes. It was enacted to protect public health and the environment, as well as to avoid costly cleanups by mandating safe storage of hazardous waste.
The settlement reflects the company’s full compliance efforts. Citrus and Allied neither admitted to nor denied the alleged violations. The company has certified its compliance with applicable RCRA requirements.