DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — Pumpco Energy Services Inc. will
pay $237,980 after allegations of violating the Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act (RCRA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced.
“Laws such as RCRA provide the foundation for EPA’s mission
of protecting human health and the environment,” regional administrator Ron
Curry said. “Companies must be held accountable for violating those laws.”
The RCRA mandates that companies producing hazardous waste
be regulated as small- or large-quantity generators. Under Texas law, companies
can be exempt from these regulations if their generators produce less than 100
kilograms of hazardous waste a month. Pumpco, however, allegedly generated more
than 100 kilograms and did not follow RCRA generator regulations.
The company purportedly failed to obtain a proper EPA
identification number or notify the agency of its hazardous waste activities.
Additionally, EPA charged that the company improperly stored, handled and
treated diesel fuel and mixed waste fuel.
The purported violations occurred at five Texas facilities –
Cleburne, Jacksboro, Valley View, Barnhart and Pleasanton.
The RCRA was passed by Congress in 1976 and gives the EPA the
right to control hazardous waste regulations. The law exists to protect human
health and the environment from potential hazards of waste disposal.