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$68,000 Penalty for Emerald Services

Article-$68,000 Penalty for Emerald Services

After a dangerous eruption of hot petroleum material, and a second spill a few months later, Emerald Services Inc. faces a $68,000 penalty from the Department of Ecology.

Emerald operates a facility in Tacoma that handles dangerous waste solvents, antifreeze and re-refines used oil.

In October 2013, an eruption spilled 1,900 gallons of recycled fuel oil/asphalt flux, a highly dangerous material, and injured a worker. Following that incident, a second spill occurred at the facility’s re-refinery in January 2014, spilling 150 gallons of the same material.

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