Hazardous Waste ID Mistakes Lead to $26M Fine for Cable Provider
Failure to Identify Hazardous and Universal Waste
According to the complaint, the company violated a bevy of Federal and State hazardous waste regulations. One violation, however, stands above the rest as particularly crucial: failure to make a hazardous waste determination.
By not identifying these wastes as hazardous, the business was not prepared to manage and dispose of them in line with the California Code of Regulations (CCR) or the State HSC. Because a hazardous waste determination was never made, nearly everything the company did with the waste was a violation of a Federal and/or State regulation.
Subsequent Violations of 22 CCR and the California HSC
After failing to identify the wastes as hazardous, the company committed these subsequent violations:
- Not obtaining a US EPA ID number required for hazardous waste generators;
- Storage and accumulation time limits;
- Improper container marking and labeling;
- Transportation and hazardous waste Manifest violations;
- Failure to train personnel as required by 22 CCR 66265.16;
- Violations of California’s unique universal waste rules;
- Recordkeeping and reporting violations; and
- Improper disposal of hazardous and universal waste.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a statement applauding the enforcement action. The $25.95 million penalty highlights the importance of understanding the regulations that apply to your waste, especially in California where hazardous waste generators are subject to both Federal RCRA rules and unique, state-specific standards.
The complaint also includes violations of privacy rules stemming from failure to properly handle and dispose of customer records.
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