Coatings Maker Accepts EPA Waste Fine


An industrial-coatings manufacturer will pay a $20,240 fine to settle federal claims that it violated federal hazardous-waste regulations at its Pennsylvania plant.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday (Oct. 22) that it had reached a settlement with Whitford Corp., which bills itself as "makers of the world's largest, most complete line of fluoropolymer coatings."

The company, based in Elverson, PA, produces coatings for the oil and gas, water and wastewater, automotive and other industries. Whitford also owns Alpha Coatings, HP Polymers Ltd., Polymeric Systems (PSI), and Whitford Flexible Composites.

Under the terms of the settlement, the paint maker admits no wrongdoing.

Paint and Solvent Waste

EPA cited Whitford for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.

The citations followed an inspection of the plant May 16, 2013. Inspectors reported several RCRA violations related to improper storage of solvents, paint waste and other hazardous waste.


EPA accused the company (pictured) of operating a hazardous-waste storage facility without a permit and other violations. Whitford admitted no wrongdoing.

Specifically, EPA accused Whitford of:

  • Operating a hazardous-waste storage facility without a permit or interim status;
  • Failing to keep containers closed; and
  • Failing to label containers.

The settlement fine "reflects the company’s compliance efforts, and its cooperation with EPA in the resolution of this matter," the agency said.

Whitford has certified its compliance with RCRA as part of the settlement.


Tagged categories: Automotive coatings; Aviation; Environmental Controls; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Fluoropolymer; hazardous materials; Hazardous waste; North America; Oil and Gas; Paint disposal; Solvents

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