Washington State Department of Ecology - October 29, 2013
Everett metal finisher fined $60,000 for dangerous waste violations
BELLEVUE – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has fined Blue Streak Finishers Ltd. (Blue Streak) $60,000 for unsafe handling and disposal of dangerous waste. A companion order directs the company to make specific changes to correct its violations.
Ecology observed the violations during three inspections in 2012 and 2013 at the metal-finishing company located at 1520 80th St. SW, Everett.
"We prefer to work cooperatively with a company to fix problems without fines or orders. After informing Blue Streak about corrections needed at this facility, we still saw violations there," said K Seiler, who manages Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program. "Many similar firms follow state hazardous waste laws designed to keep contaminants out of the environment, and Blue Streak must do so as well."
Dangerous waste laws and regulations require safe practices that prevent pollution and protect the public and workers.
Blue Streak’s violations cited in the penalty include:
To correct these and other violations, Ecology has issued a formal order that requires specific corrections within 30 to 90 days. Those include:
Failure to designate, or identify and properly handle, dangerous waste materials.
Placing dangerous waste in regular garbage that should have been shipped for appropriate disposal.
Lack of proper testing, labeling and inspection of dangerous waste storage tanks.
Ecology levied the fine and order after numerous follow-up communications to explain what the business needed to do to comply with standards. The penalty could have totaled $166,000 had Ecology opted to cite the facility for duplicate violations in different production areas observed during the three inspections. State law allows a maximum fine of $10,000 per violation per day.
Determining if a liquid waste currently being discharged to the sewer is a hazardous waste.
Making multiple waste tank corrections.
Developing a training program on proper and safe dangerous waste handling procedures, including specific responsibilities of plant staff.
Providing written records of proper employee training and dangerous waste monitoring and handling.
Preparing an emergency contingency plan, in cooperation with public safety agencies, hospitals and other response organizations.
Blue Streak has the right to appeal the $60,000 penalty, the order, or both within 30 days to the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board.
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