Environmental Protection

Leominster Dye Company to Settle Hazardous Waste Issues

Hudson Color allegedly failed to adequately determine the contents of a waste pigment containing high concentrations of lead.

A Leominster, Mass., company that produces plastic dye pellets has agreed to pay $17,409 to settle claims it violated state and federal hazardous waste management laws.

Hudson Color Concentrates, located at 50 Francis St., produces custom color plastic pellet concentrates for the plastics industry. Hudson is a division of L&A Molding.

This settlement resolves the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's allegations that Hudson Color violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by failing to adequately determine the contents of the waste pigment containing high concentrations of lead. These waste pigments were found in the facility’s raw material storage areas, pigment room, and blending area.

In addition, EPA alleged that the company did not properly manage mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs in a way that would prevent bulbs from breaking.

As a result of a Sept. 1 complaint, Hudson has eliminated the use of lead pigments in its processes. Hudson has also disposed of the bulbs as hazardous waste.

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