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Summit Point, W.Va., salvage, recycling business agrees to pay $8,130 penalty for violations

August 30, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Summit Point, W.Va., salvage and recycling business repeatedly cited for allowing an open dump and failing to clean up oil-based spills has agreed to pay a $8,130 penalty, according to a public notice released Thursday.

The penalty to be paid by Remac Inc./Summit Point Salvage & Recycling for the violations is part of a proposed settlement outlined in an administrative consent order to resolve state permit violations, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection notice said.

The terms of a final settlement in the case are subject to public comments received by the agency through Oct. 4, the notice said.

Mark Soresi of Remac Inc. signed the proposed order earlier this month, according to the 13-page document, which is posted on the department’s website.

The penalty stemmed from a departmental inspection in September 2011, which led to the discovery of Summit Point’s failure “to implement good housekeeping practices by not cleaning up petroleum based spills,” according to the consent order’s findings of fact.

“Petroleum based fluids were floating on puddles of water throughout the property,” the order said.

At that time, the business also was cited for allowing an open dump to exist on the property.

In March 2012, it was again cited for the same violations and for failure to clean up spills, the order said. 

In June 2012, state environmental inspectors noted the open dump had been cleaned up, but again cited the business for violations related to the presence of petroleum-based fluids on the property and spill cleanup.

In addition to the civil penalty, the business is expected to submit a plan of “corrective action,” as well as a schedule that outlines actions and completion dates for how and when it will comply with permit conditions within 30 days of the effective date of the proposed consent order.

The plan also is to include a description of all on-site and off-site areas contaminated as a result of the spilled petroleum-derived products.

 The proposed settlement can be viewed on the Internet at http://www.dep.wv.gov/pio/Pages/Settlements,Ordersouttopublicnotice.aspx

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