Chemical Blending Facility Pays $30K for Haz Waste Violations
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) cited the company for unauthorized disposal of industrial waste, failure to conduct hazardous waste determinations and classification, failure to keep waste activity records, and for the unauthorized use of saltwater disposal wells.
TCEQ summarizes its enforcement actions in the Texas Register, see pp. 1291–1294.
Specific Industrial & Hazardous Waste ViolationsInspectors discovered an oily discharge of approximately 1.33 cubic yard near one of the site’s Solid Chemistry storage areas. The improper discharge to the ground constitutes disposal, in violation of 30 TAC 335.4
The site failed to conduct hazardous waste determinations and waste classification for four waste streams:
- Discarded soda ash material,
- Spent personal protective equipment,
- Oily rags exposed to F003 and F005 listed solvents, and
- Wastewaters/liquid waste in the pipe chase associated with oil soluble products.
Complete waste activity records for the hazardous and industrial solid waste generated, stored, and disposed of were not available, a violation of the recordkeeping and annual reporting procedures for hazardous waste generators in Texas found in 30 TAC 335.9(a)(1).
Lastly, the site improperly disposed of 1,190 barrels of liquid waste in saltwater disposal wells not authorized to receive such waste. This violated Texas State rules for waste disposal and permitting in 30 TAC 335.2(b).
Completed Corrective Actions
The company ceased all unauthorized disposal of industrial solid waste at the facility and removed, containerized, and properly managed approximately 101 lbs. of oil-contaminated soil.
In addition, they have complied with the administrative requirements to submit finalized waste stream documentation for the four materials noted above and their corresponding waste activity records.
And finally, they developed and implemented measures designed to ensure that all industrial waste generated at the facility is disposed of at facilities authorized to accept it.
“Good Faith Efforts to Comply”
The TCEQ uses a “Penalty Calculation Worksheet” (PCW) to determine a final penalty. The base penalty can be adjusted according to five line-items:
- Compliance history,
- Good faith effort to comply,
- Economic benefit (derived by the facility for not complying), and
- Other factors as justice may require.
In this case, TCEQ reduced the base penalty by $1,312 because the facility had made a “good faith effort to comply” with the relevant regulations.
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