Environmental Protection

Companies Settle Violations at Manassas, Va. Facility

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled hazardous waste violations at a Manassas, Va. facility with BAE Systems IESL, Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, Md.., leases space at its Manassas, Va. location, to BAE, according to a Nov. 13 press release.

EPA cited the companies for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment, and avoid costly cleanups, by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

Following a May 2006 compliance evaluation inspection at the facility, the following violations were identified:

• operation of a hazardous waste storage facility without a permit

• failure to comply with facility contingency plan requirements, new tank system design and installation requirements, tank system inspection requirements, air emission standards equipment marking requirements, and air emission standard equipment monitoring, test method, recordkeeping and emission requirements.

Both companies cooperated with EPA during the investigation and have certified that they are now in compliance with all relevant provisions of RCRA. The settlement requires the companies to pay a civil penalty of $325,000. As part of the settlement, the companies have neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations.

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