US Navy and Contractor to Pay for Illegal Hazardous Waste Storage

Posted on 6/22/2016 by Roger Marks

To settle violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations, the US Navy and Guam Shipyard will pay a combined $125,000 fine.

In Guam’s Apra Harbor, the shipyard repairs ships and manages wastes covered under RCRA, like flammable liquids, waste battery acid, lead paint, sic powder, fluorescent light bulbs (or lamps), and oily rags, per this US EPA inspection report from 2010.

As part of its settlement with US EPA, the shipyard will dispose of a 115-foot by 322-foot vessel that ran aground in the harbor by using a floating crane to dismantle and remove it. The US Navy will pay $80,000+ for its part in the hazardous waste violations. The shipyard leases Federal land and operates in the Harbor as a contractor to the Navy.
Vessel in harbor
An environmental fine involving a government agency or branch of the military is not uncommon. In 2015 alone, US EPA fined the US Army, NASA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Energy, the National Guard, the US Postal Service, and others for violating RCRA hazardous waste and other environmental regulations.

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