Waste Management LampTracker settles EPA fine

Waste Management LampTracker Inc. has agreed to pay a  $118,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for hazardous waste violations at its Kaiser, Mo., facility.

The subsidiary, which collects and recycles universal waste lamps, mercury containing equipment and batteries at the facility, cited multiple issues with the firm following an August 2010 inspection.

 The EPA’s violation notice cited concerns with “inadequate waste container management, inadequate facility management and failures to comply with universal waste requirements,” the EPA said in a press release.

 Specifically, violations included failure to maintain adequate aisle space in storage areas, to close and label hazardous waste containers, to close universal waste containers and to sample crushed glass to test for mercury levels, as well as issues with procedural documentation.

 The EPA said with the settlement the operation is now in compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and its Missouri Hazardous Waste permit.

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