Freight Forwarder Fined $40,000 For RCRA Violations

Posted on 1/14/2016 by Roger Marks

A Rhode Island freight forwarder last week paid $42,900 to settle allegations from US EPA that the company violated hazardous waste regulations at its Cranston, RI facility.

The freight service center stores containers that were damaged in transit, some of which hold hazardous wastes, hazardous chemicals, and/or US DOT regulated hazardous materials. According to an EPA press release, the facility violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste rules in the following ways:

  • Failed to properly inspect hazardous waste containers,
  • Violated hazardous waste recordkeeping rules,
  • Failed to maintain a hazardous waste contingency plan,
  • Improperly marked/labeled hazardous waste containers,
  • Failed to provide hazardous waste training for all personnel, and
  • Failed to maintain complete training records.
                                                          RCRA hazardous waste container inspection
The company has resolved these alleged RCRA violations, according to the press release. EPA fines for non-compliance with the RCRA hazardous waste rules can be as high as $37,500 per day, per violation.
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