A wine bottle maker in Madera, California will pay $3,500,000 to settle violations of State hazardous waste requirements, including failure to adequately train employees to properly handle hazardous waste.
According to a press release from the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the company’s violations stem from dusts containing over-the-limit levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead. Violations include;
- Failure to adequately train personnel on hazardous waste handling as required under Federal and State regulations
- Illegal hazardous waste disposal at locations throughout the facility
- Illegal hazardous waste disposal to landfills not authorized to accept hazardous waste
- Failure to prepare or maintain a hazardous waste spill contingency plan to mitigate unplanned releases
In addition to the $3.5M fine, which will be used toward cleanup of hazardous waste sites under DTSC’s Orphan Site Fund program, the bottle maker has agreed to hire a hazardous waste auditor. The auditor will conduct three hazardous waste audits over four years and report to DTSC on the site’s progress toward compliance with California’s Title 22 hazardous waste regulations.
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