EPA Fines IOWA Manufacturing Company for Alleged Hazardous Waste Violations
Scranton Manufacturing Company is accused of violating the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
- By Shereen Hashem
- May 19, 2021
Scranton Manufacturing Company Inc. will pay a civil penalty of $50,208 to resolve violations of the federal resource violations of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The company in Iowa manufactures truck equipment and, according to the EPA, violated multiple federal regulations intended to protect workers and the public from exposure to the toxic, intangible waste that was generated.
EPA says Scranton Manufacturing qualified as a “large quantity generator” of hazardous waste and was failing to meet facility waste production requirements. The company failed to prepare a response plan for emergencies, failed to make arrangements with local responders in the event of a threat or hazard and failed to completed staff training. Because the company did not meet the requirements, it was operating as a hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility.
According to a press release, in response to the inspection findings, Scranton Manufacturing agreed to take necessary steps to comply.
Exposure to the types of waste produced by the company could lead to serious injuries or death if ingested or absorbed. Federal law requires facilities that generate hazardous waste to implement safe generation, handling, transportation and disposable practices.
Shereen Hashem is the Associate Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety Magazine.