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Rust-Oleum reaches settlement on alleged violations at Williamsport plant

October 19, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

WILLIAMSPORT -- Rust-Oleum Corp. has agreed to pay a $147,306 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its manufacturing facility at 16410 Industrial Lane in Williamsport, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA cited Rust-Oleum -- which makes rust-preventive paints and coatings at its Interstate Industrial Park facility -- for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the federal law governing the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste, according to a press release.

The EPA cited Rust-Oleum for violations involving hazardous waste stored at the facility -- including waste paint and fluorescent lamps containing mercury -- after a May 2008 inspection, the release said.

"It was really administrative violations. Our plant has an excellent record of compliance," Rust-Oleum Executive Vice President for Operations Bill Whiting said in a telephone interview Monday.

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According to the release, the alleged violations included:

o Operating a hazardous waste storage facility without a permit

o Failure to conduct weekly inspections

o Failure to keep containers of hazardous waste closed

o Failure to inspect a secondary containment system daily

o Failure to adequately place identification marks on equipment

o Failure to monitor pumps weekly for leaks

o Failure to inspect a solvent waste tank system annually

The alleged violations involve storage and record-keeping violations, not discharge of hazardous waste, the release said.

The settlement penalty reflects the company's compliance efforts and its cooperation with the EPA, the release said.

As part of the settlement, Rust-Oleum has neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations, but has certified its compliance with applicable requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the release said.

When asked how the issues arose, Whiting said Rust-Oleum has an internal compliance program. He said the issues involved were a "matter of interpretation."

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