Washington State Department of Ecology - July 12, 2013
BELLEVUE – A used oil processor in Seattle has paid the state $19,600 to settle violations for illegally disposing of hazardous waste, failing to properly document procedures, storing waste longer than allowed, and failing to maintain liability insurance.
Inspectors from the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) found 16 violations of the dangerous waste regulations at Marine Vacuum Service, Inc. (Mar-Vac) in December 2011. Since the inspection, Mar-Vac has cooperated with Ecology and has come into compliance with the regulations.
The penalty was originally $28,000. However, Mar-Vac entered into an expedited settlement agreement with Ecology to lower the penalty by one-third. The settlement also requires Mar-Vac to waive its right to appeal. Ecology used this expedited settlement process to save the state, taxpayers, and Mar-Vac the expense of costly litigation.
"Businesses that handle toxic hazardous waste have an obligation to properly safeguard public health, safety and the environment," said Dennis Johnson, Section Manager for Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program in the Northwest Regional Office. "We appreciate Mar-Vac’s response to correct its violations and its commitment to remain in compliance and provide this on-going protection to the community."
"Mar-Vac is committed to the safe and compliant operation of our businesses," said Tom Mylar, Mar-Vac Project Manager. "We have implemented procedures to correct and maintain compliance with the regulations. Established in 1980, Mar-Vac has an obligation to our customers and employees for the long-term operation and commitment of our facility."
Larry Altose Kent, Ecology media relations, 425-649-7009,
Daylin Davidson, Ecology hazardous waste inspector, 425-649-7090, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Myler, Mar-Vac Project Manager, (206) 762-0240, email@example.com
For more information:
Ecology Spills Program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/spills.html)
Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)
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