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Spray Paint Maker Fined for Waste

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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A Pennsylvania aerosol coating manufacturer will pay a $25,000 fine to settle allegations of hazardous-waste violations at its plant near Philadelphia, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced.

The agreement, announced Monday (March 25), will resolve EPA’s case involving Spray Products Corp.’s facility in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

EPA cited Spray Products for alleged violations of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.

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Pennylvania-based Spray Products Corp. is a business-to-business manufacturer of aerosol and private-label coatings.

Spray Products is a wholesale manufacturer of marking paint, automotive detail spray paints, high-heat paints, equipment paint, rebuild paints and other coatings. The company’s products include the Orr-lac spray paint line.

The company did not respond Tuesday (March 26) to a request for comment.

Waste Allegations

After an inspection by officials from EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, EPA alleged a variety of violations involving hazardous wastes, including waste solvents, waste acetone, waste heptanes, and universal waste lamps.

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The EPA's claims relate to Spray Products Corp.'s manufacturing, warehousing and shipping facility in Plymouth Meeting PA.

The violations allege failure to:

  • Properly date, label and manage hazardous waste containers;
  • Maintain records indicating the job title and names of each person involved in hazardous waste management;
  • Obtain the signature from a representative of the disposal facility on four hazardous waste manifests within 60 days of shipment;
  • Conduct weekly inspections of the hazardous waste storage area;
  • Train employees responsible for handling hazardous waste; and 
  • Have a required contingency plan in place for a period of two years.

Settlement Terms

Under the settlement, the company admits no liability for the alleged violations but certifies its compliance with applicable RCRA requirements.

EPA said the settlement fine “reflects the company's compliance efforts, and its cooperation with EPA in the resolution of this matter.”

   

Tagged categories: Aerosol coatings; Automotive coatings; Coatings manufacturers; Enforcement; EPA; Good Technical Practice; Hazardous waste; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Traffic paint

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (3/27/2013, 9:03 AM)

So... no actual releases, just paper violations. We see fatalities with smaller fines. Unfortunately.


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