Allan Gerlat, News Editor

March 23, 2012

1 Min Read
EPA Fines Idaho Hazardous Waste Firm

An Idaho hazardous waste firm is facing a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fine of $184,400 for failing to report certain materials.

US Ecology Idaho Inc., of Grand View, failed to report the on-site disposal of 20 chemicals and chemical categories during 2009, the EPA said in a news release. As part of its hazardous waste disposal operations, US Ecology disposed of more than 10,000 pounds each of aluminum, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper and copper compounds, diethanolamine, ethylene glycol, manganese, methyl isobutyl ketone, nickel, nitric acid, selenium, silver, thallium and zinc.

 In addition, the company disposed of more than 100 pounds of lead and lead compounds and more than 10 pounds each of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls. Many of the chemicals disposed of at the facility are dangerous to humans, the agency said.

US Ecology has submitted the required reports to the EPA and the state of Idaho to resolve the violations and agreed to pay the penalty.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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