PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free Wastewater Treatment Coating Systems eResource Book

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


National Guard Fined for Paint Waste

Friday, October 19, 2012

More items for Environmental Controls

Comment | More

The Maryland Air National Guard, 175th Wing, has agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty to settle federal claims that it improperly disposed of toxic paint, sealant and other hazardous wastes at the base in Baltimore.

 U.S. Air Force photo / Master Sgt. Ed Bard

 U.S. Air Force photo / Master Sgt. Ed Bard

Col. Scott L. Kelly, commander of the 175th Wing Maryland Air National Guard, administers the enlistment oath to new enlistee Zachary A. Zarbos. Kelly said the unit would work to minimize the environmental hazards of aircraft maintenance.

The base also unlawfully stored hazardous waste on the site without required permits, failed for three years to train employees in handling the waste, and violated federal rules on waste labeling and recordkeeping, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Hazardous Waste Violations

In a consent agreement released Thursday (Oct. 18), the EPA cited MDANG for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.

The consent agreement resolves alleged violations discovered in an April 2011 inspection of the Air National Guard facility. Those allegations include storing the toxic waste on site for more than 90 days without RCRA permits.

The wastes included paints, sealants, lubricants, cleaning solutions and adhesives, some of which contained chromium, methyl ethyl ketone or other compounds.

Under the settlement, the unit admits no wrongdoing but certifies its current compliance with RCRA.

Base Response: ‘Good Stewards’

In a commentary posted to the 175th Wing’s website after the settlement was announced, Brig. Gen. Scott Kelly said the unit was “committed to being good stewards of the environment we share.”

Kelly, who commands the unit, noted that maintenance of the C-27J and A-10 aircraft, corrosion control procedures, aerospace ground equipment, vehicle maintenance and other facility maintenance all presented increased environmental risks.

However, he said the unit would “minimize environmental pollution and waste” and “build environmental concerns into all policies, programs, and missions.”

“Here at Warfield Air National Guard Base, protecting the environment is a top priority and will be a major consideration in decision-making,” Kelly wrote. “Each and every Airman is dedicated to continued improvement of our processes to prevent and reduce waste generation.”

   

Tagged categories: Hazardous waste; Maintenance coating work; Paint disposal; Sealers; Toxicity; U.S. Air Force

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (10/22/2012, 11:50 AM)

Eh, it's a paperwork violation. No emissions or exposures are alleged. It would be even less of a concern if MD had adopted the federal "Universal Waste" rule for paint.


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

DRYCO
DEHUMIDIFICATION FOR
ANY SIZE PROJECT

Temporary climate control equipment. Dehumidifiers,
Heaters, A/C, Power, More…
Call: 866-379-2600


SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
http://www.sspc.org/

Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !


Julbert, Inc.
Built from the ground up.

Dust Collectors Available!
We deliver to your Jobsite!
Built Tough! Priced Right!
PH: 208-437-2100 customerservice@julbertinc.com


Blastox/The TDJ Group, Inc.
Blastox - One Step
Lead Abatement

Don't waste money on added labor steps with other methods. Don't mix, meter or apply at the job-site. Avoid strict hazardous waste rules.
Let your painters paint


Sidewinder/Persyst Enterprises, Inc.
The Sidewinder Model M2 Solvent Recycler

Combat the rising cost of gunwash, thinners, acetone & more while drastically reducing waste disposal coat.


Jessup Manufacturing Company
More Traction for Extreme Marine Conditions

Jessup Safety Track® 3800 Military Grade peel-and-stick non-skid tapes and treads provide extra slip resistance for decks. MIL-PRF-24467C Type XI, Black & Gray.


Fischer Technology Inc.
MP0R with rotating display screen

Automatic rotating display screen just like your smart phone. Click for Video
Call 800-243-8417


HoldTight Solutions Inc.
NO FLASH RUST -
NO CONTAMINANTS

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust preventer prevents flash
rust by removing surface contaminants. It has no equal; only wannabees.
Contact us for your
nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802 sales@holdtight.com


BASF
New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films basf.us/industrialcoatings
polyorders@basf.com
800-231-7868


Armakleen Company, The
ARMEX when nondestructive cleaning is critical

ARMEX the original baking soda blast abrasive is a brand of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. makers of ARM & HAMMER products since 1896.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com