Clinton Business Paying Fine for Hazardous Waste Violations

By George Ford, Reporter

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By Ellen Kurt

CLINTON, Iowa - A Clinton manufacturer of metal racks and shelving brackets for refrigerators has agreed to pay a $31,379 civil penalty to settle several hazardous waste violations under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Collis Inc. also will spend a minimum of $91,809 to replace high-mercury fluorescent fixtures with low-mercury fixtures and bulbs, and complete a project to reduce the generation of hazardous solvent waste as part of a supplemental environmental project.

The RCRA violations were observed by Environmental Protection Agency representatives during a June 2010 inspection of the Clinton manufacturing plant, according to an administrative complaint filed by EPA Region 7 in Lenexa, Kan. RCRA regulates the storage, handling, and labeling of hazardous waste.

The violations at Collis included failure to perform a hazardous waste determination, storage of hazardous waste without a RCRA permit, and failure to manage used oil and universal waste in accordance with applicable regulations.

"The penalty and injunctive relief required by this agreement remind not just Collis, but all businesses subject to RCRA, that fulfilling environmental-protection duties is part of their job," said Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 administrator. "The supplemental environmental project is another element of the case that will help to further protect human health and the environment."

Collis is still addressing requirements from a RCRA corrective action order filed by EPA in 1993. By agreeing to the settlement with EPA, Collis has certified that it is in compliance with all requirements of RCRA regulations.
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