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US Army Settles with EPA Over Hazmat Violations

Article-US Army Settles with EPA Over Hazmat Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a $59,220 settlement with the U.S. Army for alleged violations of its hazardous waste permit at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, in contravention of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

The Army facility is covered under a RCRA permit, which requires the Army to notify EPA of any new or newly discovered solid waste management units. EPA alleges that the Army violated its RCRA permit by failing to notify the Agency when an old munitions and explosives dump was discovered within the Fort’s Small Arms Range Complex in June 2013. The Army failed to notify EPA within the required 15 days when it investigated the dump and failed to provide a required assessment of the dump. EPA learned of the dump more than a year later in a technical memo from the Army’s contractor.

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