Settlement Leads to Actions, Penalty for Massachusetts Site

Settlement Leads to Actions, Penalty for Massachusetts Site

The EPA alleged violations of standards relating to hazardous waste management.

A settlement between a Massachusetts site and the EPA resulted in corrective action by the company and a fine of over $120,000.

According to a news release, the agency alleged that standards were violated by Siemens Industry, Inc., operating as Russelectric, a Siemens Business, a Delaware corporation’s location in Hingham, Massachusetts, specifically the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which allows the EPA to control "the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste," and a state law on managing hazardous waste.

“Specifically, the company failed to comply with requirements necessary to operate as a ‘large quantity generator,’” the news release said, “including initial and refresher training for employees, maintenance of a chemical release contingency plan, and performance of weekly inspections.”

Not training employees or having inspections can potentially lead to human and environmental harm.

Under the settlement, the location will now conduct trainings and inspections. Russelectric will also pay $121,546 in a penalty.

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Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Environmental Protection.

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