Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | November 10, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says EPA agrees to settlement with Mercury Waste Solutions for $54,000 civil penalty and a slew of remedial projects at the mercury recycler.

U.S. EPA Region 5 settled with Mercury Waste Solutions LLC, Union Grove, Wis., for alleged violations of federal rules on hazardous waste and toxic substances. The company, which recovers and recycles metallic mercury, has agreed to pay a money penalty of $54,000 to settle the violations.

Pursuant to the settlement agreement, the company also completed several projects to address the violations and minimize potential risk including installation of an air scrubber, a mercury monitoring system and an air breathing system that would supply air to employees in case of an incident. In addition, Mercury Waste Solutions upgraded its control system, sealed facility floors and built a training room.

Finally, the settlement resolves allegations that the company violated federal rules on PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) including failure to document PCB storage, prepare spill prevention and control plans, and properly mark the PCB storage area.

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